OSHA Finds Obstructed Exits, Walkways at Texas Family Dollar

OSHA Finds Obstructed Exits, Walkways at Texas Family Dollar

The Dollar Tree Inc. subsidiary Family Dollar Stores of Texas LLC now faces $294,657 in proposed penalties.

OSHA findings during a December 2022 inspection have resulted in a citation and proposed penalties of almost $300,000 for Family Dollar Stores of Texas LLC.

At a Family Dollar store in Van Zandt County, Texas—east of Dallas—OSHA discovered obstructed exits and walkways, unsafely stacked boxes along and a partially-obstructed fire extinguisher, which was also “not readily accessible,” per a news release and the citation.

Family Dollar Stores of Texas LLC now faces a citation for three repeat violations and $294,657 in proposed penalties.

Over 300 violations have been found at Dollar Tree Inc., the parent company of Family Dollar Stores of Texas LLC, stores across the U.S. The company employs more than 193,000 people.

"The hazards we find at Dollar Tree stores has become a recurring theme," said OSHA Regional Administrator Eric S. Harbin in Dallas in the news release. "The safety conditions that exist at some of these stores create the potential for tragic consequences in an emergency. Dollar Tree Inc. has a legal obligation to provide workers with a safe and healthful workplace by making certain exits and walkways are never blocked."

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About the Author

Alex Saurman is a former Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety,who has since joined OH&S’s client services team. She continues to work closely with OH&S’s editorial team and contributes to the magazine.

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