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Dollar Tree Fined $296,861 Over Exits, Helium Storage

March 3, 2020, 5:51 PM

Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has been hit with willful and repeat safety citations and a $296,861 fine for allegedly blocking exits and creating storage hazards at a Bethlehem, Pa., store.

Responding to a complaint, Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors also found unsecured compressed helium cylinders, unsanitary bathrooms, and electrical panels not properly maintained, according to a March 3 statement.

The national discount retailer received two willful, one repeat, and two other-than-serious violations for the working conditions. Inspection documents outline previous instances of dangerously blocked exits at Dollar Tree stores, going back to 2015.

“Workers have a right to a ...