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Dollar General fined nearly $1.3 million for employee safety violations

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A Dollar General store in Creve Coeur, Illinois.

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Dollar General is being hit with nearly $1.3 million in fines for employee safety violations after visits by federal inspectors to a few of the corporate’s Georgia locations, the Department of Labor said Monday.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it found violations in March that included obstructed exit routes, unsafely stacked merchandise and electrical panels that were difficult to access.

A representative for Dollar General didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. The Labor Department said the corporate has 15 days to comply with its citations and penalties, request a gathering with OSHA or contest the proposed fines.

Since 2017, the Labor Department said Dollar General has been fined greater than $6.5 million for various violations. Earlier this month, rival Dollar Tree was also hit with $1.2 million OSHA fines for employee safety violations.

“Dollar General continues to display 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 an announcement. “Despite similar citations and sizable penalties in greater than 70 inspections, the corporate refuses to alter its business practices.”

Shares of Dollar General were down lower than 1% in late morning trading.

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