Dollar General is a successful chain of discount stores that has come under scrutiny for the quality of workplace it provides its employees. Frequent safety violations have been cited at one of the corporation's stores, which have prompted punitive measures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This intervention demonstrates the need to adhere to safety regulations. Compliance solutions can help meet this need.
"Dollar General has been repeatedly cited for blocked exits and electrical panels in stores around the country, but we continue to find these hazards. This appears to be an example of a corporation not sharing safety information with all its entities and employees," said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office.
The infractions outlined by Ms. Griffin underscore a company culture that fails to emphasize workplace safety. Careless attitude can lead to higher risks of workplace accidents and consequent injuries, and leadership must stress this fact to team members. Since 2009, a Dollar General based in Goodlettsville, TN, has been cited more than 40 times for violating safety regulations. The store has been investigated over 70 times, following constant complaints by employees about safety violations. One of those citations led to a fine of over $80,000.
Accident prevention programs are essential to training employees so that they can abide by safe workplace practices. Failing to do so can destroy a business and result in fines imposed by organizations such as OSHA and state Departments of Labor.
Safety Advantage LLC provides businesses with training modules and safety equipment to cultivate a safe workplace. In doing so an organization can show its employees that their security is valued. Cultivating a culture that emphasizes safety and considers employees helps improve business by allowing staff to focus on their responsibilities.