Busy Shopping Season Leads to Hazards
In the midst of the holiday shopping season, retailers are pushing hard to make a large percentage of their profits for the year. Shelves are piled high, aisles are crowded with special displays and decorations, doorways are blocked by excess stock and discarded packaging. The stockpiling of goods for sale creates many hazards for employees, leading to falling boxes and even blocked exits in the event of a fire.
OSHA Cites Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. After Complaint
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected the Dollar Tree Stores Inc. location in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood and concluded that employees could be subject to such safety issues as blocked exits and a jam-packed stockroom. The agency assessed $177,800 in proposed fines against Dollar Tree. OSHA inspected the store after an employee complained to the agency’s Braintree Area Office.
OSHA officials condemned the company as having committed repeat offenses and showing no motivation to correct previous workplace safety problems. An inspector had notified the store’s management of problems at one inspection but discovered to his dismay on a subsequent visit that no steps had been taken and the same hazardous conditions existed, compromising employees’ health and safety. Continue reading →