OSHA Proposes $395K in Penalties for Dollar General After Workers Found Exposed to Multiple Hazards at Ohio Store

OSHA Proposes $395K in Penalties for Dollar General After Workers Found Exposed to Multiple Hazards at Ohio Store

The discount retailer, which has been previously cited by OSHA, is facing citations for five repeat violations.

Dollar General’s string of citations continues after OSHA cited the company for five repeat violations at an Ohio store.

According to a news release and the citations, an inspection, prompted by a complaint, at a store in West Lafayette, Ohio, found workers exposed to fire, struck-by, falling, trip and electrical hazards.

Dollar General was cited for untidy areas, unsafely stacked boxed merchandise and blocked access to exit routes, electrical panels and fire extinguishers. For these five repeat violations, OSHA proposed a penalty of $395,717.

"Dollar General continues to intentionally ignore federal safety standards while the company's defiance shows they value profits more than the safety and wellbeing of employees," said OSHA Area Director Larry Johnson, in Columbus, Ohio, in the news release.

Dollar General has been cited multiple times over the last few years for similar violations. The discount retailer has racked up more than $15 million in proposed penalties since 2017.

"Dollar General's unwillingness to make changes across its organization and, as importantly, at stores where hazards persist should be a serious concern for workers and shoppers alike,” Johnson continued.

Photo credit: Nolichuckyjake / Shutterstock.com

About the Author

Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • Hand Safety Program

    Hand injuries are the #1 preventable industrial accident worldwide. In REThink Hand Safety, the most comprehensive book on hand safety, you'll learn how top companies have reduced hand injuries by up to 90% and what the most successful hand safety programs have in common. Get your free copy today.

  • Free 1-on-1 Consultations

    Get a free meeting with a Superior Glove hand safety expert and learn how to have less hand injuries, lower PPE costs, and increase worker productivity. 1-on-1 consultations provide you with personalized advice and recommendations for your specific needs and concerns.

  • Glove 101 Guide

    In this comprehensive guide, we've compiled all the key information you need to know about safety gloves to help you make informed decisions when choosing gloves for your workers. Whether you're new to the world of safety gloves or an experienced pro, this guide has something for everyone.

  • Sample Program

    Find the right safety gloves for your team and try before you buy—in just 3 easy steps! Simply add the products to your sample box, complete the request form, and wait for your samples to arrive at no cost to you.

  • Cut Protection Product Guide

    Find the right safety gloves for your workers to protect them from cut hazards. This guide offers a wide selection of gloves, including ultra-thin gloves with the industry’s maximum cut resistance for unbeatable dexterity and touch sensitivity.

  • Superior Glove

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - February March 2023

    February March 2023


      Does Real-Time Data Enhance Gas Detection Programs?
      Hearing Protection: The Dangers of Non-Compliance
      Personal Protective Equipment: The Pains of Staying Pain-Free
      Reframing Eyewear: Meeting Workforce Needs with Technology and Advancements
    View This Issue