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Region 3 News Release: 14-735-PHI (osha 14-029)
May 6, 2014
Contact: Joanna Hawkins      Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5101      215-861-5102
Email: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov      uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov

Dollar Tree fined $143,000 by US Department of Labor's OSHA for willfully
exposing workers to serious safety hazards

WILMINGTON, Del. – National discount chain Dollar Tree Stores has been cited for exposing employees to safety hazards at a store located at 2603 Silverside Road in Wilmington. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for three safety violations-including two willful-following an October 2013 inspection initiated in response to a complaint alleging that emergency exits were blocked and boxes were stacked dangerously high. Proposed penalties total $143,000.

"These are common hazards found at retail establishments," said Prentice Cline, acting director of OSHA's Wilmington Area Office. "It is imperative that Dollar Tree take the appropriate steps to protect its workers by not only fixing the dangers at this store, but by evaluating all locations for similar safety concerns."

Carrying a $140,000 penalty, the willful violations were cited because the company failed to keep exit routes unobstructed and ensure material stored in tiers was stacked in a way that was stable to prevent sliding and collapse. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The company also was cited for one serious violation, which carries a $3,000 penalty, for failure to ensure fire extinguishers were readi