Dollar Tree Facing $500K+ in Safety Fines

Source: Paul Jantz - 123RF

As Dollar Tree, Inc. continues to be cited for unsafe working conditions, among other violations, OSHA has cited the group for exit, storage, and fire hazards at a store in Boston, Massachusetts.

The national discount retailer faces $523,745 in penalties.

Responding to a complaint, OSHA inspectors found store employees exposed to:

  • Fire hazards from obstructed exit routes;
  • The risk of struck-by hazards caused by unstable stacks of merchandise and over-stocked materials; and
  • Electrical hazards from blocked working space around electrical panels.

OSHA cited the retailer for two willful and three repeat violations. The agency has cited Dollar Tree multiple times for similar hazards at stores around the nation, including recently in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and Falmouth, Massachusetts.

“OSHA continues to receive complaints about unsafe working conditions at Dollar Tree stores across the nation,” said Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. “Workers should not be subjected to the same hazards previously identified and cited. This employer is required to follow the law, and comply with regulations that protect workers from injuries and fatalities.”

Additional information about OSHA requirements for keeping exits unobstructed is available in the agency’s Emergency Exit Routes fact sheet. OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs includes information on how to identify and assess hazards in the workplace.

OSHA also proposed fines of more than $296,000 for unsanitary conditions at Dollar Tree’s store in Bethlehem Township, PA, after inspectors found the floors and toilet unsanitary in the employee bathroom, according to the citation.

Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.