Retailer Forever 21 has agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties and to correct the safety hazards at its Westfarms Mall store in Farmington, Connecticut, the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Thursday.
Forever 21 will pay $100,000 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after it inspected the Farmington store in May 2015.
OSHA found boxes were stacked over 10 feet tall that could fall over and injure an employee. The boxes were stacked in an "unstable" manner while blocking exit routes for employees, OSHA found.
“While the settlement resolves this case, it also sends a message to Forever 21 and other retailers, either stand-alone businesses or multiple-store enterprises, that it’s their responsibility under the law to take effective steps to protect employees at their establishments, wherever located, against these hazards,” said Michael Felsen, the regional solicitor of labor for New England.