A Jersey Shore location of Dollar Tree has been cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for blocked emergency exits and electrical panels. The findings continue the nationwide discount retail chain’s long history of federal workplace safety violations that have generated $15 million in penalties since 2017.
In response to a complaint, OSHA began an inspection at the store and identified safety violations similar to those discovered at stores operated by Dollar General Corp. throughout the U.S. Inspectors found employees exposed to fire hazards related to blocked exit routes and electrical panels. OSHA issued a citation for one willful violation and one repeat violation with $245,544 in proposed penalties.
The Jersey Shore inspection is among more than 180 investigations nationwide in which OSHA has found the company jeopardizing worker safety. Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC operate about 18,000 stores and 17 distribution centers in 47 states and employ more than 150,000 workers.