Alarming Trend: Dollar General's Willful Violations Continue

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PROFIT OVER PEOPLE: ALARMING TREND CONTINUES AT DOLLAR GENERAL STORES WHERE SEVEN SOUTHEAST INSPECTIONS AGAIN FIND WILLFUL VIOLATIONS.

The previous sentence is the actual title of a US Department of Labor news release from earlier this month. When this is how the government describes the operations of a major retailer we know there is a serious problem.

Here's what you need to know:

  • After the latest inspection, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued $2.7 Million in penalties to Dollar General Corp and Dolgencorp LLC.
  • This isn't the first penalty it has received. Just a month before the latest penalty, it had received $1.6 million in penalties for putting workers' safety at risk.
  • Since 2017 more than $12.3 Million in penalties have been issued.
  • Because of the violation Dollar General Corp now qualifies for the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
  • Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC have been cited for 11 wilful, 16 repeat, and 4 serious violations at seven different locations.

What is Happening?

Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC have been cited for 11 wilful, 16 repeat, and 4 serious violations at seven different locations.

Let's let that sink in for a moment. 11 violations were willful. They knew they were in violation but did it anyway. The violations could have been avoided but they weren't. 16 violations were repeat violations. This wasn't the first time they happened, they had happened before and they were happening again. 4 violations were serious. Put together, this paints quite a serious picture.

It seems that Dollar General Management simply doesn't care. Why would a major retailer simply not care that it was putting its workers' safety at risk? Maybe all it cares about is profits and this cutting of corners saves it money. Ok, maybe. But it's repeatedly being fined and yet it still doesn't seem to want to change things.

$12 million is a lot of money to be fined. Is it not being 'fined' enough? Are the penalties not harsh enough to act as a deterrent? What is going on?

Department of Labor News Release

The US Department of Labor News Release this month had the following to say,

“Dollar General has shown a pattern of alarmingly willful disregard for federal safety standards, choosing to place profits over their employees’ safety and well-being,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “Neighborhood stores exist to support the needs of their communities – the same communities in which many Dollar General employees live – and that support must include following laws designed to keep workers safe from preventable injuries or worse.”

It seems that the penalties imposed on Dollar General need to be harsher in order to deter it from its wilful and repeat safety violations. Perhaps inclusion in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program will make a difference. What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below.

Author's Note: Information in this article is sourced from corporate posts, media reports, news outlets, social media, and internet sources. Specific information linked in this article is attributed to the following sources: the US Department of Labor and osha.gov.

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