Health Department Closes Dollar General Store

Joel Eisenberg

A stalwart location is among the first to temporarily shutter due to safety issues since a November 1st U.S. Department of Labor press release on the matter.

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Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: U.S. Department of Labor and TristateHomepage.com

Introduction

I write extensively about the Dollar General discount superchain on NewsBreak. My November 9th article, “Update: U.S. Government Cites Dollar General For Further Safety Violations. Compliance or Closings Expected,” is particularly relevant to this present piece.

The article detailed why the citation-beleaguered chain has been fined so frequently of late by in part excerpting a November 1st press release from the U.S. Department of Labor, “Profit Over People: Alarming Trend Continues at Dollar General Stores Where Seven Southeast Inspections Again Find Willful Violations.”

As excerpted from the release: Less than one month after the U.S. Department of Labor cited Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC with more than $1.6 million in penalties for putting its workers’ safety at risk, federal inspectors have issued citations for similar violations at store locations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and added $2,777,640 in proposed penalties now owed by one of the nation’s largest discount retailers.

The issue, though, has become a nationwide scourge.

Further, per the release: Specifically, OSHA inspectors cited Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC for 11 willful, 16 repeat and four serious violations at the seven Southeast locations. In addition to the struck-by and blocked exit hazards, OSHA cited the company for:

  • Failing to label, mount, or make fire extinguishers accessible.
  • Storing boxes in front of electrical panels, increasing the risk of fire and electrical hazards.
  • Failing to use exit signs to facilitate safe egress in the event of an emergency.
  • Exposing workers to electrocution by not keeping unused openings in electrical cabinets closed.
  • Not providing handrails on stairs where required.

The violations found in the recent inspections are said to be similar to those OSHA has found at Dollar General locations across the nation.

Now, the chain finds itself in a quagmire with a closing in Indiana precisely due to safety issues.

Dollar General, 2022

According to a November 23rd article by TristateHomepage.com, entitled “Dollar General in Newburgh Closed by Health Department,” an unspecified safety issue is to blame for the Indiana closure: The Warrick County Health Department says on Monday they ordered the store on State Road 662 to close until the violations were corrected. The health department did not say what the violations are, but did say they “constitute a danger to personal safety.”

This is not the first time Dollar General in Newburgh closed for safety reasons; a link is contained in the article detailing a related issue from months ago.

Conclusion

As I repeatedly mention on NewsBreak, once regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor or local boards of health get involved in issues of this nature, forced shutdowns are not unusual pending further scrutiny and response.

The closing of the Newburgh location is expected by some analysts to send a signal of sorts to other stores in the chain that do not comply with safety guidelines.

In the event of pertinent updates, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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