Dollar General stores in Georgia cited for unsafe working conditions and more business news

AP Photo/Eric Gay / Dollar General, which operates nearly 17,700 stores across the country, is facing a unionization election Friday by workers at one of its Connecticut stores.

Dollar General is cited for dangerous worksites

Dollar General faces penalties after three of its Georgia locations were cited for dangerous working conditions.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $1,292,783 in penalties for violations at stores in Smyrna, Pembroke and Hogansville, Georgia, according to a Monday news release. The workplace hazards were discovered during inspections in February and March.

The violations follow similar workplace hazard accusations at a Dalton, Georgia store earlier this year. OSHA, the federal government agency that oversees workplace safety, accused the dollar store brand of valuing profit over its employees' wellbeing.

"Dollar General continues to make it obvious that profit means more to them than the safety of their employees," Doug Parker, OSHA's assistant secretary for occupational safety and health, said in the release.