Target Corp. has agreed to correct exit access and storage risks in 200 stores to improve worker safety as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor, the federal agency said Monday.
Between May and December 2019, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to eight Target stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York for violations including blocked or obstructed emergency exits and fire exits and unsafe storage of materials in backrooms.
Target originally contested the fine. As part of the settlement, the Minneapolis-based retailer will pay $ 464,750 in penalties and agree to reduce exit and storage security issues at all Target stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York over the next two years.
Target has also agreed to build on its existing security programs by empowering store managers to delay the delivery of inventory if necessary to ensure safe starting conditions, assisting in acquiring additional storage capacity if necessary, conducting monitoring of exit conditions in high-risk stores , retrain all relevant employees in initial issues, have external managers monitor the initial conditions in each store at least twice a year and employ a third party annually to carry out an audit of the initial safety in each store.
The settlement is expected to be completed in November.