Coney Island Supermarket Locks Employees In Overnight

09/23/2011 4:44 PM |

It COULD happen here (again)!
  • It COULD happen here (again)!

A Coney Island supermarket has been fined by the Department of Labor for padlocking stock workers in overnight, the Bensonhurst Bean reports. Federal rules require that employees are able to exit their workspace at all times without a key. Dr. David Michaels of the Occupational Safety and Health administration likened the situation, at Fine Fare on Mermaid Avenue, to “conditions from 1911,” the year 146 workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire because they were locked in. A lawyer for the supermarket denies the allegations, but the store has been fined $62,300.