Discount retailer Dollar General Corp. faces $3.4 million in new proposed penalties after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said inspectors found workplace safety hazards at nine store locations in four states.
OSHA announced the hefty fines against the nationwide company on Tuesday following inspections of Dollar General locations in Maine, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin in late 2022.
Safety violations found by inspectors included blocked aisles, emergency exits, fire extinguishers and electrical panels, many of which were obscured by store products and other materials.
“Dollar General continues to subject its employees to unsafe conditions at its stores across the country,”; OSHA Assistant Secretary Doug Parker said in a statement.
The most recent surveys took place at Dollar General stores in Enfield, Maine; Casselton, Garrison, Hillsboro, Killdeer, Minot and Tioga, North Dakota; Kettering, Ohio; and Kewaunee, Wisconsin.
In the North Dakota investigation, inspectors also learned that at least six employees were exposed to toxic fumes after several chemical containers ruptured.
The inspections in the four states took place between October and December last year.
Dollar General already faced more than $21 million in proposed fines since 2017 after OSHA inspectors visited 240 stores nationwide.