OSHA hits Dollar with $1.2 million fine for violations in Maple Heights, Columbus

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — OSHA is proposing a $1.2 million fine for Dollar Tree, which also owns Family Dollar, because of hazards at stores in Maple Heights and Columbus.

The agency sent a news release Monday announcing the fines. A reporter has reached out to Dollar Tree for comment.

The agency found problems during a January inspection of the Family Dollar store on Dunham Road in Maple Heights, according to a news release. The store was cited multiple times, with OSHA saying walkways were blocked or had trip hazards, stacks of merchandise were unstable, electrical panels were blocked and fire extinguishers were not accessible.

OSHA proposed a $685,000 fine because of the issues at the Maple Heights store, noting previous violations at other stores. Similar issues were identified during a February inspection in Columbus, leading to a $548,000 fine.

Since 2017, OSHA said there have been 500 inspections at Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores, and inspectors found more than 300 violations.

“Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores have a long and disturbing history of putting profits above employee safety,” said Doug Parker, assistant secretary for occupational safety and health. “Time and time again, we find the same blocked or obstructed emergency exits and aisles, boxes of merchandise stacked high or in front of electrical panels and fire extinguishers. Each hazard can lead to a tragedy.”

Dollar Tree does has an opportunity to contest OSHA’s findings to a review commission.

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