Macy’s and The Finish Line Cited for Blocking Exits and Shock Hazards

The retailers face more than $103K in fines

An OSHA inspection determined that employees of Macy’s in Aventura, Florida, were at risk due to repeated and serious violations related to blocked exits, improper housekeeping and electric shock hazards, according to a report.

The agency received a complaint on Jan. 15, 2016 regarding several injuries and hazards. The Finish Line Inc., was also cited for 14 violations. The Finish Line rents space in Macy’s stores. Combined the companies face $103,220 in fines.

"Macy's continues to ignore OSHA standards and previously cited violations that relate to blocked emergency exits and access to electrical disconnect panels that puts employees at risk of serious injury or death," said Condell Eastmond, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale. "The retailer has a long inspection history and is aware that all of its facilities' exits must remain unobstructed so that employees can safely escape in the event of an emergency."

The serious citations given to Macy’s were for: improper housekeeping, allowing exit doors to be locked with a padlock, not keep exit routes unobstructed, and exposing workers to electric shock hazards.

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