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Walmart Pays $190,000 Fine for OSHA Violations at 2,800 Stores

After OSHA Violations Discovered, Walmart Agrees to Pay $190,000 Federal Fine

After “repeat and serious” OSHA violations were discovered at a Walmart store in Rochester, NY in 2011, Walmart has finally agreed to pay to upgrade 2,800 stores across 28 states, and pay a fine of $190,000.

The fine was part of an agreement with the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after the department uncovered “unacceptable” safety hazards to employees at the Rochester store, which turned out to be similar to other violations in other Walmart stores across the United States.

Walmart is the largest private employer in the world, but the company has been cited for over 100 OSHA violations in the last 5 years. Because of the company’s appalling safety record, Walmart has faced labor strikes, work stoppages, and increased scrutiny.

In 2011, OSHA cited the Rochester Walmart for hazards that included lack of training for employees using hazardous cleaning chemicals, unsafe trash compactors, and blocked exits. The violations turned out to be similar to other listed OSHA violations at other Walmart stores between 2008 and 2010.

The fine was lowered from $365,500, because Walmart promised to improve unsafe conditions. In the federal agreement, Walmart stated that it would hire an outside monitor to check settlement compliance over the next 4 months to 2 years. The company also pledged to improve employee training regarding cleaning products and hazardous chemicals, that trash compactors would remain locked when not in use, and compactors would not be used without supervision of a trained manager or monitor.

Dr David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, said: “This settlement will help to keep thousands of exposed Walmart workers safe and healthy on the job. We hope this sends a strong message that the law requires employers to provide safe working conditions, and OSHA will use all the tools at our disposal to ensure that all employers follow the law.”

Randy Hargrove, a Wal-Mart spokesman, said the company had long had policies to ensure employees’ safety. “When we learned of the concerns raised by OSHA at our Rochester store in 2011, we immediately addressed them and reinforced the company’s guidelines,” he said.

The federal settlement covers 2,857 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in 28 states. Another 22 states, which run their own local OSHA programs, have the option of requesting the same provisions from the company.

The Strom Law Firm Prosecutes OSHA Violations on Behalf of South Carolina’s Workers

OSHA violations can lead to very serious personal injury and wrongful death.

The Strom Law Firm represents injured workers and their families in workplace injury lawsuits.

  • Were you hurt or injured on a construction or job site?
  • Did a ladder, scaffolding, or a falling object hurt you at work?
  • Has an on-the-job car wreck or unsafe work environment forced you out of work or left you disabled?
  • Were you injured by faulty or defective machinery or equipment on the job?
  • Was your injury caused by an OSHA, building code or workplace safety code violation?
  • Were you in a burn accident on the job?
  • Are you worried about being fired for filing a workers comp claim?

We proudly seek justice on behalf of employees injured or killed on the job who work for private companies, as well as employees working for local, county, city, and state government.

If you or a loved one are the victim of a workplace accident that has led to serious personal injury or death, whether the accident was caused by OSHA violations or another source, the attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today for help. 803.252.4800



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