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Work Accident Attorney – A Sherman, Texas, Company Faces $162,000 in Proposed OSHA Penalties – Part 2

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A complaint regarding alleged safety hazards at a Dollar General in Sherman, Texas, led to a July 14 inspection by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Citations were recently issued for one serious violation, two repeat violations, and two willful violations. OSHA’s acting director in Fort Worth, Texas, Josh Bernstein, alleges that Dollar General stores nationwide have repeatedly exposed workers to unnecessary hazards by failing to deal appropriately with overstocking issues. The employer has a responsibility, Berstein said, to identify and fix these hazards.

The second alleged willful violation for which Dollar General has been cited by OSHA was that the required working space around electric equipment rated 600 volts nominal, or less to ground, was allegedly used as storage space. More specifically, in the stock/receiving room, working space for electrical panels was instead allegedly used for storage. Also, access to the circuit breaker panels was allegedly blocked by materials and stock boxes. These conditions exposed workers to electrical fire and burn hazards. The proposed penalty for the alleged willful violation is: $44,000.

A willful violation is defined by OSHA as a violation in which the employer failed to comply with a legal requirement knowingly, which is also “purposeful disregard.” It is also defined as the employer acting with plain indifference to the safety of employees.

Read more about the OSHA violations alleged against Dollar General in Sherman, Texas, in Part 1 and this ongoing series. In the coming segments, learn about two alleged repeat violations with penalties totaling $55,000.

–Guest Contributor

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