US Department of Labor Finds Dollar General Blocked Emergency Exits, Allowed Other Safety Hazards at 4 Southern Pennsylvania Stores

The US Department of Labor has found that Dollar General has violated safety regulations at four stores located in southern Pennsylvania. As a result, the company faces additional fines totaling $227,000, totaling more than $21 million in cumulative fines since 2017.

Federal workplace safety inspectors conducted inspections in response to a complaint, finding dangerous conditions at these stores operated by Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC. These dangerous conditions are similar to those that have been identified in more than 240 inspections conducted at company locations across the country since 2017.

Violations found include blocked exit routes, exposed electrical panels, and poor housekeeping practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations that include two repeat violations, two serious violations, and one non-serious violation. The proposed fines amount to $227,898. The stores inspected are located in Fairfield, New Oxford, Spring Run and Dauphin.


Kevin Chambers, Area Director for OSHA in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, stressed the importance of correcting these dangerous conditions, as they pose a risk to employees and others in the event of an emergency. In October 2022, OSHA included Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC in its Serious Violator Compliance Program.

Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC, headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, operate a network of approximately 18,000 stores and 17 distribution centers in 47 states, employing more than 150,000 workers.

Dollar General has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or challenge the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


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