WESTBURY, NY - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Home Goods for 16 alleged violations of workplace safety standards.

The retailer of furniture, accessories and other household items, faces a total of $233,500 in proposed fines, chiefly for exit access, fire and crushing hazards at its Commack, NY, store.

Responding to an employee complaint, OSHA found exit routes obstructed by stock and equipment, an exit route too narrow for passage, stacked material that prevented employees from identifying the nearest exit, blocked access to fire extinguishers, workers not trained in fire extinguisher use and boxes stored in unstable 8-foot high tiers.

OSHA had cited Home Goods in 2006 and 2007 for similar conditions at the company's Mount Olive, NJ, and Somers, NY, locations. As a result of these recurring conditions, OSHA issued the company five repeat citations, with $200,000 in proposed fines, for the hazards at the Commack store.

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