Dollar Tree Required to Improve Worker Safety After Multiple OSHA Violations

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Recently, federal regulators announced a settlement with the company that runs Dollar Tree and Family Dollar to improve worker safety at 10,000 store locations nationwide. According to the Department of Labor, the company is also paying $1.4 million in penalties to settle existing contested and open inspections of alleged violations. Dollar Tree Inc. operates over 16,000 Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores in 48 states and Canada, including many located throughout Maryland.

The Department cited several hazards at the bargain stores, such as blocked exits, unsafe storage of materials, and improper access to fire extinguishers and electrical panels. Over the last five years, OSHA has issued over 400 violations at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores. Department officials noted that OSHA violations and work hazards are preventable, and employers are responsible for keeping their workers safe.

The settlement requires the company to, among other things, maintain a 24-hour hotline for safety complaints and anti-retaliation protections for workers.

If you have been injured at a Family Dollar or Dollar Tree store while working or shopping, contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton to schedule a free consultation. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online today.

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