OSHA fines Wal-Mart over trampling death of employee Ι Wal-Mart failed to train employees and implement effective crowd management control.

According to the Associated Press, “The death of a temporary employee who was crushed in a stampede of post-Thanksgiving shoppers at a Wal-Mart store could have been prevented, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed fining the world’s largest retailer $7,000 – as much money as it makes in about 18 seconds.”

The agency cited Wal-Mart “for inadequate crowd management following the Nov. 28, 2008, death of Jdimytai Damour at a Long Island store.” A spokesperson for Wal-Mart said, “Wal-Mart has ‘never had a tragedy like this occur in our stores and we never want it to happen again.'”

The Dow Jones reports, “OSHA’s inspection found the store’s failure to implement reasonable and effective crowd management meant employees could be crushed by the crowd. The failure included not providing employees with training and tools to safely manage the large crowd of shoppers.”

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