Retail chain, Dollar Tree, is nationally known for its low cost retail products. But in Billings, Montana, however, the franchise is also known for violating multiple regulations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On June 5th, OSHA announced that it would be citing Dollar Tree with three willful violations and one repeat violation, totaling proposed fines of $217,000.
What was Dollar Tree cited for?
The three willful violations were issued in regard to hazards that the employer either knew or should have known about, and still neglected to fix, according to the official OSHA press release. These citations involve Dollar Tree's failure to maintain unobstructed exit routes, utilize space around electrical equipment for storage and store materials in safe and secure ways. The repeat citation was due to the company's failure to securely store and handle helium gas cylinders, a violation that the chain has been cited for across the country in recent months.
"This employer's extensive history of ignoring basic safety standards establishes a clear pattern of intentional and complete disregard for employee safety," said OSHA's Billings area director, Jeff Funke, in an official statement on the issue. "Employers have an obligation to keep their workers safe, and Dollar Tree keeps failing to do that."
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