Dollar General store in Greencastle again exposes workers to hazards despite 2021 penalties
July 20, 2022
For the second time in a year, the U.S. Department of Labor has cited a Dollar General store in Greencastle for endangering its workers’ safety and continuing the nationwide discount chain’s long history of federal workplace safety violations and penalties.
In response to a complaint, the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration began an inspection at the store on Dec. 28, 2021, and found conditions similar to those for which the company has received numerous violations at locations throughout the country.
“Preventing employees from freely, safely and quickly exiting a workplace in an emergency can lead to serious injuries or worse,” said OSHA Area Director Kevin T. Chambers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “Dollar General Corp. has a substantial history of the same violations and hazards found at its stores all over the country. Their repeated failures to correct these violations must end before an emergency leads to a tragedy.”
Since 2017, OSHA has issued numerous repeat and willful citations at Dollar General locations nationwide. Inspectors routinely identify violations related to obstructed exit routes and blocked portable fire extinguishers and electrical panels. On several occasions, Dollar General Corp.’s Director of Risk Management, Adam Zager, has signed settlement agreements with OSHA, promising on behalf of the company to resolve similar violations at its stores.