The state Department of Labor & Industries announced Thursday a $503,200 fine against a Dollar Tree store in Vancouver, alleging unsafe conditions. It’s one of the largest fines the agency has ever issued.
The agency accuses the store at 6700 N.E. 162nd Ave. of having blocked emergency exit routes, unsafe ladder use and improper stacking of merchandise among the numerous safety hazards.
A recent inspection resulted in several “repeat willful” and other violations for unsafe merchandise storage and handling, and obstructed exit routes, the agency said in a news release.
A woman who identified herself as the store manager referred questions to a spokesperson with the Chesapeake, Va.-based corporation. Phone calls to two corporate representatives were not returned Thursday. Dollar Tree has appealed the citation, and it could take several months for the appeals process to be completed.
L&I found the same safety hazards at the store during multiple visits, the news release said. The violations continued after the company was informed by an L&I inspector of the safety hazards during earlier visits, and was provided specific instruction on how to improve employee safety at the store and avoid further violations