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Region 8 News Release: 14-1017-MON (SF-48)
June 5, 2014
Contact: Jose A. Carnevali
Phone: 415-625-2631
Email: carnevali.jose@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA fines Dollar Tree $217,000 for willfully
putting Missoula workers at risk

BILLINGS, Mont. – National discount chain Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Montana for repeatedly and willfully exposing workers to safety hazards. OSHA began its inspection in November 2013 after receiving a complaint about dangerous conditions at a store located in Missoula.

"This employer's extensive history of ignoring basic safety standards establishes a clear pattern of intentional and complete disregard for employee safety," said Jeff Funke, OSHA's area director in Billings. "Employers have an obligation to keep their workers safe, and Dollar Tree keeps failing to do that."

OSHA cited Dollar Tree Stores with four violations of safety standards, including three willful and one repeat, with proposed penalties totaling $217,000. The willful violations involve the employer's failure to keep exit routes free and unobstructed, storing materials in unstable and unsecured ways and for using space around electrical equipment for storage. 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 was cited with one repeat violation for failure to handle and store compressed helium gas cylinders securely. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. OSHA has cited Dollar Tree Stores for this exact violation at s