U.S. Department of Labor Cites Target Corp.
For Blocked Emergency Exit Access at Two Massachusetts Stores
ANDOVER, MA– The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Target Corp. for emergency exit access hazards at stores in Danvers and Framingham, Massachusetts. The national retailer faces a total of $227,304 in penalties.
OSHA inspectors found fire exit routes in backroom storage areas blocked by objects, such as packing boxes, products, rolling carts, metal bars, portable ladders, and a powered industrial truck. Since 2015, OSHA has cited Target Corp. for similar hazards at 11 stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
"OSHA has cited Target Corp. several times for exposing workers to hazards that restrict their ability to quickly exit a store in an emergency," said OSHA Andover Area Director Anthony Covello. "Employers are required to keep exit routes free and unobstructed."
Additional information about OSHA requirements for keeping exits clear is available in the agency's Emergency Exit Routes fact sheet. OSHA's Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs includes information on how to identify and assess hazards in the workplace.
Target Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of the Danvers and Framinghamcitations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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Release Number: 20-13-BOS / BOS 2020-014
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