Dollar Tree Store in Newport fined for asbestos violations; repairs scheduled

Source: http://www.oregonlive.com, March 23, 2011

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division has fined a Newport retailer for asbestos violations. OSHA issued three citations, totaling $300 in fines, to the Dollar Tree Store for failure to identify the asbestos, repair or remove it and for failing to provide employees with an awareness training course.

The asbestos was found in the basement level of the store and in a freight room on the main level. In the basement, tests found 1 percent asbestos dust and on the main floor 1 percent asbestos in floor tile glue.

Melanie Mesaros, public information officer for OSHA said inspectors said the risk from the dust was low and that tiles had been covered.

The store will close for one week in late April to tear out the flooring and replace it, she said.

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