OSHA hits New Jersey Dollar Tree store with workplace safety fines
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Dollar Tree store located in Newark, New Jersey, for a number of violations related to a lack of employee injury prevention. Fines totaling $121,000 were issued due to repeat safety violations.
Dollar Tree, a nationwide retailer featuring more than 3,900 single-price-point stores nationwide, received penalties highlighting improper practices that jeopardized safety efficiency in the workplace. The company received an occupational health and safety citation for obstructing exit routes with boxes and product carts. Another fine came down after employees were found handling storage materials in an unsafe manner. OSHA Area Office director Kris Hoffman said that the company's violations pose a serious risk to workers.
OSHA cited the company for similar penalties in the past. Dollar Tree's Commack, New York, Watchung, New Jersey, and Dover, New Jersey, shops received citations from the agency in 2011, 2010 and 2008, respectively.
Agency regional administrator Robert Kulick said the company would benefit from establishing injury and illness prevention programs and eliminating hazardous conditions. Doing so could improve the workplace by helping employees remain productive and safe.