A Lebanon County Dollar General store has been ordered to pay more than $215,000 in penalties after an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection uncovered safety violations.
OSHA investigated the store at 507 Jonestown Road in Union Township in April after receiving a complaint from an employee, according to a news release from the administration. The inspector discovered an emergency exit door barricaded with a metal bar, blocked electrical panels and a cluttered hallway between an employee area and an emergency exit route.
“Dollar General is committed to providing a safe work environment for its employees and safe shopping experience for its customers,” the company said in a statement responding to the citation. “The company employs a number of measures designed to ensure store managers and their teams understand the necessary steps to create and maintain a safe store environment.”
The company noted that it took immediate action to correct the issues at the Union Township store and will continue to work with store leadership to ensure safety expectations are met.
It has the option to contest the findings, OSHA said.
Dollar General, headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has more than 12,500 stores in 43 states.
Although the citation does not list any past violations at the Union Township store, it does note similar issues at other Dollar General locations throughout the country.
“Dollar General continues its pattern of failing to maintain safe exit routes at its stores,” Dave Olah, director of OSHA’s Harrisburg Area Office, said in the news release. “Despite receiving more than 100 safety and health violations at stores nationwide since 2010, which carried more than $1 million in proposed fines, the company has still failed to take corrective actions.”