Fines of more than $300,000 have been proposed for the national discount retailer Family Dollar because of safety violations at an Omaha store.
OSHA said Monday that it found two “serious,” four “repeat” and one “other-than-serious” violations at the Family Dollar location at 3552 Leavenworth St.
The violations that were considered serious, OSHA said, included an emergency exit door that was locked with a scissorlike mechanism that required special knowledge to open. In addition, OSHA said, overhead fluorescent lighting near a wash basin in a back room of the store had exposed live parts that weren’t protected from contact.
The four “repeat” violations included obstructed emergency exits, unsecured helium tanks and an obstructed path to the building’s breaker control panels, among others.
The proposed fines totaled $302,147.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Omaha or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, U.S. Department of Labor spokesman Scott Allen said. If Family Dollar decides to contest, Allen said, those proceedings could take up to a year.
A Family Dollar representative could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
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