The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday it issued fines totaling $267,622 after investigators found blocked exits and walkways that exposed employees to fire hazards at two Dollar Tree stores in Oklahoma.
Investigators inspected the Hartshorne and Wilburton stores in December 2022, the agency said Tuesday.
The findings from Oklahoma are part of a continuing trend in the company’s stores. After 12 inspections in six states by the end of 2022, OSHA cited Dollar General stores for dozens of violations, including many repeat violations, and proposed nearly $4.5 million in combined penalties.
Since 2017, OSHA has found violations in more than 240 inspections of US stores operated by Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC and proposed more than $21million in punitive damages.
In 2022, OSHA added Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based Dollar General Corp. to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which concentrates resources on inspecting employers cited for willful, repeated or failure to abate violations and for showing indifference to their legal obligations to provide a safe and healthy workplace.