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The Associated Press reports that "Dollar General is facing another $1.68 million in fines after government safety inspectors found violations at four of the chain's stores in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, the federal regulators announced Monday.

"During inspections in April 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found dirty and disorderly storage areas and materials stacked unsafely at locations in Mobile and Grove Hill, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; and Dewy Rose, Georgia. OSHA said those conditions put workers at risk of slipping, tripping and getting struck by falling objects.  The company was also cited for fire hazards, including failing to keep exit routes and electrical panels clear and unobstructed, and neglecting to mount and label fire extinguishers."

The story notes that "The announcement came two months after OSHA announced $1.3 million in proposed penalties for similar violations at three of Dollar General stores in Georgia.  OSHA said Dollar General has faced more than $9.6 million in initial penalties after 182 inspections since 2017."

KC's View:

Is this inevitable when a company expands at the kind of breakneck pace that Dollar General has achieved?  If so, I worry that the company is just one bad accident away from a viral nightmare that could undermine its business.