Dollar General Corp., based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., was cited for similar violations at stores in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to the federal government agency that oversees workplace safety.
“Dollar General’s long, long history of workplace safety violations and repeated failures to protect its workers demonstrates willful recklessness,” according to a written statement from OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer. , based in Atlanta.
OSHA has been citing General dollar for offenses in stores Across the country for years. Along with Dalton’s quote, OSHA in a statement Thursday also cited similar violations at three stores in Mobile, Ala.
All of the violations cited at the Dalton store were corrected during the inspection, according to OSHA.
The agency is proposing two fines of $136,736 each for the stacked boxes and goods, and a fine of $91,157 for the obstructed exit route. Dollar General can either pay the fines, challenge the citation and penalties, or request a meeting to present its evidence or opinions in support of a fine adjustment.
Dollar stores have grown in size over the years, becoming popular stops for everyday goods for many shoppers while generating backlash in some jurisdictions, including DeKalb County.
A different discount chain, Family Dollar, was the subject of an alert from the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this month for a rodent infestation at a company warehouse in West Memphis, Arkansas. This prompted Family Dollar to recall certain products distributed from this warehouse to the stores of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.