BOISE, Idaho — A federal work safety agency has cited four Idaho Dollar Tree stores for allegedly exposing employees to unsafe conditions for poorly stacked boxes and blocked exits.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a prepared statement Wednesday saying the discount variety store company faces nearly $900,000 in proposed penalties. The company has 15 days to respond to the federal agency.

In the citation, OSHA contends that Dollar Tree stores in Boise, Caldwell, Nampa and Meridian were unsafe because of unstable and poorly stacked boxes in the stockroom, along with blocked aisles and exit routes. OSHA inspectors also said falling boxes had injured Dollar Store employees.

A Dollar Tree spokesman could not be reached for comment.

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