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Local discount store facing more than $300,000 in fines

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 18:31:07-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says a popular discount retailer will need to make some changes at one of their Omaha stores or risk "proposed penalties of $302,147."

OSHA says a local Family Dollar store was issued four repeat and two serious citations after an inspection carried out in December. OSHA says the store "failed to secure compressed gas cylinders, follow manufacturer’s instructions when using electrical apparatus, ensure emergency exit doors remain unlocked, and cover overhead lights."

OSHA says the citations were issued with safety in mind.

“In an emergency, store employees and customers must be able to leave quickly without having to navigate through obstructed exit routes,” said OSHA Area Director Jeff Funke, in Omaha, Nebraska. “These safety hazards need to be corrected to save lives.”

The company will have 15 days from receipt of the citations to "comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission []."

OSHA says the 3552 Leavenworth Street location was the cited store.

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