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Region 2 News Release: 12-937-NEW/BOS 2012-079
May 16, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2075
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Rite Aid for fall, crushing, exit and
electrical hazards at 3rd Avenue store in Brooklyn, NY
Retailer faces $111,100 in penalties for repeat and serious violations

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Rite Aid of New York Inc. for alleged repeat and serious safety violations at the retailer's 7118 Third Ave. store in Brooklyn, N.Y. Rite Aid faces a total of $111,100 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA's Manhattan Area Office.

Several hazards in the Third Avenue location were found similar to those cited during inspections of Rite Aid stores in Bronx and Rome, N.Y. The recurring violations included shelves and boxes stored that blocked and narrowed an emergency exit route; unsecure piles of boxes subject to collapse; and workers exposed to falls of up to 10 feet with stacking boxes and totes on the unguarded edges of stairs. Three repeat citations totaled $104,500 in proposed penalties. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

"These conditions endangered workers to potential falls, crushing injuries and an encumbered emergency exit," said Kay Gee, OSHA's area director for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. "Having experienced similar conditions in other stores, Rite Aid should take action to identify and effectively eliminate hazards at all its workplaces."

The Third Avenue store inspection also resulted in two serious safety citations, w