Dollar Tree and Family Dollar agree to take steps to improve worker safety at the bargain stores

Settlement announced by U.S. regulators with Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores to enhance worker safety.

Violations including blocked exits, unsafe storage, improper access to fire equipment cited.

Dollar Tree Inc. chains must identify and rectify "root causes" of repeated violations in two years.

Over 403 violations at stores since 2017 resulted in $13.1 million in fines; more improvement needed.

Agreement covers all 10,000 Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores nationwide, includes safety hotline and protections.

Future violations can incur fines up to $500,000 per store, coupled with additional OSHA inspection.

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar to pay $1.4 million penalties to settle ongoing violations.

The company emphasizes safety initiatives and cooperation with OSHA for improved workplace safety.

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