Dollar General fined nearly 1.3 million USD for violating occupational safety

A Dollar General store in Creve Coeur, Illinois.

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Common Dollar is facing nearly $1.3 million in fines for safety violations following visits by federal inspectors to three of the company’s Georgia locations, Ministry of Labor said on Monday.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it found violations in March including obstructed exits, unsafe stacked goods and hard-to-reach electrical panels .

A representative for Dollar General did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Labor Department said the company has 15 days to comply with its citations and penalties, request a meeting with OSHA or object to the proposed fines.

Since 2017, the Labor Department said Dollar General has been fined more than $6.5 million for various violations. Earlier this month, rival Dollar Tree was also fined $1.2 million by OSHA for safety violations.

Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker said: “Dollar General continues to demonstrate a pattern of willfully ignoring hazardous working conditions and disregarding employee welfare. “Despite similar citations and sizable penalties during more than 70 inspections, the company refuses to change its way of doing business.”

Shares of Dollar General fell less than 1% in late morning trading.

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