Feds cite Kettering Dollar General for safety violations; part of $3.4M in fines

A Kettering Dollar General store is among those named by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for having unsafe conditions.

The business at 2701 S. Dixie Drive was cited among the workplace safety failures identified during U.S. Department of Labor inspections in late 2022 at nine Dollar General locations in Maine, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin, it was announced last week.

The findings at the stores, operated by Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC, add $3.4 million in proposed penalties, according to OSHA.

Since 2017, there have been 240 inspections at Dollar General stores nationwide, resulting in more than $21 million in fines, federal officials said.

“Dollar General continues to expose its employees to unsafe conditions at its stores across the nation,” said OSHA Assistant Secretary Doug Parker. “As one of the nation’s largest retailers, the company must focus its attention on resolving these issues and making corporate-wide changes to protect the safety and well-being of the people they employ.”

The Dixie Drive Dollar General is one of three locations that business has in Kettering. It declined to comment on the OSHA violations.

The Dixie store was found to have exit routes, fire extinguishers and electrical panels blocked by merchandise and other materials in November 2022, according to the labor department.

The agency issued citations for three repeat violations for fire and electrical hazards with $270,116 in proposed penalties at the Kettering location, according to the announcement.

OSHA inspections at Dollar General stores commonly find aisles, emergency exits, fire extinguishers and electrical panels blocked by stored merchandise and other materials, and boxes stacked unsafely, federal officials said. These conditions expose employees to fire, electrical and other hazards in violation of federal regulations.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent review commission, authorities said.

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