Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is being fined almost USD1.3 Million by the Department of Labor for its Georgia locations amid worker safety violations noted by federal inspectors. The company faces citations for four supposed willful and seven repeat violations.
According to the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it witnessed violations in March such as obstructed exit routes, unsafely stacked merchandise, and electrical panels which were difficult to reach. Dollar General has 15 days to comply with the citations and penalties, ask for a meeting with OSHA, or succumb to the established fines.
The Labor Department revealed that Dollar General had been fined more than USD6.5 Million for other violations since 2017. Additionally, the company’s rival Dollar Tree was also recently hit with USD1.2 Million OSHA fines amid worker violations.
“Dollar General continues to demonstrate a willful pattern of ignoring hazardous working conditions and a disregard for the well-being of its employees,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker in a statement. “Despite similar citations and sizable penalties in more than 70 inspections, the company refuses to change its business practices.”
Dollar General’s share fell less than 1% during late morning trading.