Thinkstock
Image

Willful Offender: Dollar General on OSHA’s Violation List Again

Nov. 1, 2016
Discount retailer has been cited with more than 100 safety and health violations since 2010.

Dollar General store #13229 in Jonestown, Pa. is the latest location that demonstrates Dollar General’s six-year failure to take corrective actions to ensure employee and customer safety at its locations.

On Oct. 18, 2016, OSHA issued citations for one willful and two repeat safety violations after an inspection on April 18, 2016 initiated because of an employee complaint.

The agency cited a willful violation after inspectors found the discount retailer barricaded an emergency exit door in the back room with a metal bar.

The repeat violations once again involved blocked electrical panels and the company's failure to maintain a clear path to an emergency exit door near the break room and manager’s office. This time, proposed penalties total $215,578.

Blocked exit routes are a common theme across Dollar General locations. The repeat violation for breaking OSHA’s 1910.37 rule referenced stores in Prairie Grove, Ark.; El Dorado, Ark., Covington, Ga. and Bethany Beach, Del. which were also the subject of OSHA inspections.

In September, OSHA issued citations to Dollar General after inspections at the company’s Ohio and Missouri locations resulted in the discovery of blocked emergency exits, unmarked fire extinguisher locations and blocked electrical panels.

At the retailer’s Bolivar, Ohio location, $156,772 in fines were assessed. Just a couple weeks before this, OSHA issued the company $97,988 on similar violations at its Van Buren, Mo. store.

"Dollar General continues its pattern of failing to maintain safe exit routes at its stores,” said Dave Olah, area director of OSHA's Harrisburg Area Office in a statement. “Despite receiving more than 100 safety and health violations at stores nationwide since 2010, which carried more than $1 million in proposed fines, the company has still failed to take corrective actions." 

Sponsored Recommendations

Free Webinar: ISO 45001 – A Commitment to Occupational Health, Safety & Personal Wellness

May 30, 2024
Secure a safer and more productive workplace using proven Management Systems ISO 45001 and ISO 45003.

ISO 45003 – Psychological Health and Safety at Work

May 30, 2024
ISO 45003 offers a comprehensive framework to expand your existing occupational health and safety program, helping you mitigate psychosocial risks and promote overall employee...

DH Pace, national door and dock provider, reduces TRIR and claims with EHS solution

May 29, 2024
Find out how DH Pace moved from paper/email/excel to an EHS platform, changing their culture. They reduced TRIR from 4.8 to 1.46 and improved their ability to bid on and win contracts...

Case Study: Improve TRIR from 4+ to 1 with EHS Solution and Safety Training

May 29, 2024
Safety training and EHS solutions improve TRIR for Complete Mechanical Services, leading to increased business. Moving incidents, training, and other EHS procedures into the digital...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of EHS Today, create an account today!