Walmart Safety Violations Prompt Fixes at 2.8K Stores
It will also pay $190K fine as part of Labor Dept. agreement
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2013 6:47 AM CDT
In this May 28, 2013, file photo, recycled cardboard boxes are ready for transport outside a Walmart store in Duarte, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) More tough press for Walmart: The megastore will pay a $190,000 fine after "repeat and serious" health and safety violations affecting employees were uncovered at a Rochester, New York, store in 2011. But the second part of the deal, announced yesterday, is far more wide-reaching. The chain also agreed to beef up safety conditions at 2,857 stores in 28 states (as the Guardian explains, the deal is with the Labor Department, and those are all the stores that fall under federal jurisdiction). What OSHA found in Rochester: no training on hazardous cleaning chemicals, blocked exits, and unsafe trash compactor procedures.

Walmart stores in nine states have been cited for those same violations between 2008 and 2010, and the chain has been the subject of more than 100 OSHA reports in the last five years. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle shares some of the policies that will be put in place as a result: Going forward, trash compactors will only be operated in the presence of a trained manager or monitor, and will be otherwise locked; workers will also no longer handle undiluted chemicals. The paper spoke with a Walmart rep who says the changes will apply to stores in all 50 states.

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Aug 9, 2013 9:57 AM CDT
So these safety violations were uncovered in 2011...does this mean they just now were made to fix them??? The only reason they're fixing them is because they got caught.
Aug 9, 2013 2:00 AM CDT
My wife & I dred the bi weekly trip to Wally World. We only buy cat littler,cat food, and sale items only. They no longer match price on most items and so we shop elsewhere. Our city has several better choices to shop for other items, so we do!
Aug 8, 2013 4:09 PM CDT
Wal mart is a disgusting filthy unsafe store who could care less if its employees are safe. After all, they sell poisoned, toxic objects that literally kill your pets and have the potential of killing your children and you. Why am I not surprised by this report? I never shop at these Chinese stores.