Spot check those doors marked ‘‘exit.’’ Dollar General Corporation is faced with $156,722 in fines levied by OSHA for repeated instances in which an Ohio store endangered workers and customers alike by blocking exit routes with stacked merchandise. When OSHA inspectors arrive, they often find other violations, as they did in the Ohio store. OSHA also discovered fire extinguisher locations not marked and rapid access to them blocked. They also found electrical panels blocked. Since 2010, OSHA has recorded more than 100 safety and health violations at Dollar General stores nationwide, and assessed more than $1 million in proposed fines.
The takeaway: Be cognizant of where boxes, tools and supplies are being stored. OSHA vigorously pursues employers that compromise safety standards.