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OSHA Regional News Brief


Region 1



Oct. 6, 2015BOS 2015-189


Falling boxes of patio furniture at Massachusetts Big Lots store strike
employee, causing hospitalization

Discount retailer faces $66K in OSHA fines for recurring hazards

Employer name: Big Lots Stores Inc.

Inspection site: 10 Newbury St., Danvers, Mass. 01923

What prompted inspection: An assistant manager was hospitalized after boxes of patio furniture and other stock, weighing up to 53 pounds each, fell and struck him in the store's rear stockroom.

Investigation findings: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that numerous boxes of stock were stacked high and in an unstable condition throughout the storeroom. In addition, the storeroom's aisles were clogged by boxes of stock, broken wooden pallets, plastic wrap, packing materials and pieces of cardboard. These conditions exposed employees to fractures, broken bones, concussion, sprains and other injuries as well as to being trapped or unable to exit the storeroom swiftly in the event of a fire.

Citations issued: OSHA cited Big Lots Stores Inc. for two repeated violations on Oct. 2, 2015. It had cited the company in 2014 for similar hazards at its West Babylon, New York, and Warner Robins, Georgia, locations. Big Lots Stores Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Proposed penalties: $66,000

Quote: "Every workplace-including a retail store-has potential hazards. Unsafely stacked stock resulted in serious and avoidable injuries for this Big Lots employee. For the safety and well-being of all its employees, Big Lots must promptly and effectively address these hazards at all its locations to prevent future injuries," said Anthony Covello, OSHA's acting area director in Andover.

Link to citations:

To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint; or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Andover Area Office at 978- 837-4460.

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The weather this summer seemed to start off  a little on the mild side.  We just turned on our AC for the first time- and it’s mid way through June.  What a welcome change from the harsh winter we had here in the midwest.  With such nice weather and the kiddos playing more outside with the neighborhood crew- Our front porch has been calling my name.  So I thought, why not create a space to enjoy- bring back the front porch lifestyle!

 Big Lots has great Outdoor Living products! #GOBig and take it home! #sponsored

Thanks to Big Lots and their awesome patio furniture  and outdoor living products- we were able to do just that!  But first, the decision on what to get!  I have mentioned before that I tend to be an indecisive person.  With great table, chair and set options at Big Lots, my head was spinning a bit. The twins found a few items to lobby for, like this zero gravity chair.

But in the end I decided on the Savannah 4-Piece Seating Set with Cushions.  And to make it even better, this set is on a $100 price cut!  I got all 4 pieces for $299.99- including all the cushions!

Big Lots Savannah 4-Piece Seating Set #GoBig #spon

Those cushions on this set match the front of my house perfectly and are so comfy!  Plus I love the classic wicker look- but sturdy resin construction. And speaking of construction, the coffee table (which opens for storage- clever!) did have to be assembled.  (My little fix-it-Luke- was so excited to help daddy put it together). Now we are enjoying every part of the day on our porch!  We love it so much, we are thinking of heading back to Big Lots to get more for the back porch too!

So what items would you buy at Big Lots to create your perfect outdoor living space?

I was compensated by Big Lots for this post. All opinions are my own, and yes I really am a Big Lots shopper.

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FAQs with Big Lots

How can I get a discount at Big Lots?

You can find a lot of ways to save on your next Big Lot Purchase. First, create an account online and get $5 off any purchase of $15 or more. View their online Weekly AD and shop under the Deals section of their website to find special clearance events, weekly deals, and big buyouts. Past customers have saved up to 70% off selected items. Finally, make sure to check out our Big Lot coupon page to see the latest offers every week.

Does Big Lots have free delivery?

Yes, Big Lots offers free delivery on most items over $59 plus free in-store pick-up options. You can also save on heavy or large items with their Big! Delivery service offers a $149 unlimited flat-rate fee on bigger items such as sofas, recliners, bedroom furniture, and more, as well as free shipping on selected items over $99. Make sure to visit the delivery page on their website for more information or contact their customer service department today.

Does Big Lots have a rewards program?

Yes, become a Big Rewards member and receive a “welcome” offer within 2-3 days of signing up to save 15% off their next purchase. Members will also enjoy a $5 Reward when they make three qualifying purchases, a $10 Bonus Reward after every $200 purchase, VIP Shopping Days, a birthday surprise, and so much more. Register online today to start taking advantage of these amazing offers.

Does Big Lots have senior discounts?

No, Big Lots does not offer senior discounts. However, Big Lots offers exclusive coupon codes to their Big Lots rewards members and email list members. You can also find new daily deals on the Big Lots coupon page right here at SFGate.


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