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OSHA Fines Missoula Dollar Tree Store $217K for Safety Hazards

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MISSOULA - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a national discount chain Dollar Tree Store in Missoula for repeatedly and willfully exposing workers to safety hazards.

OSHA began its inspection in November 2013 after receiving a complaint about dangerous conditions at the store.

OSHA cited Dollar Tree with four violations of safety standards, including three willful and one repeat, with proposed penalties totaling $217,000.

The willful violations involve the employer's failure to keep exit routes free and unobstructed, storing materials in unstable and unsecured ways and for using space around electrical equipment for storage.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The company was cited with one repeat violation for failure to handle and store compressed helium gas cylinders securely. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

OSHA has cited Dollar Tree Stores for this exact violation at several stores throughout the country.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, ask for an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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