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OSHA cites Wal-Mart in trampling death

OSHA cited Wal-Mart with a serious violation yesterday for inadequate crowd management which resulted in the death of Jdimytai Damour in a “Black Friday” incident in Valley Stream, Long Island last November.

“This was an unusual citation but not an unforeseen one,” said Anthony Ciuffo, OSHA’s acting area director for Long Island.

“The store should have recognized, based on prior ‘Blitz Friday’ experiences, the need to implement effective crowd management to protect its employees.”

The citation carries a proposed fine of only $7,000. Isn’t the life of a worker worth more than that, you ask? Unfortunately, the OSH Act doesn’t allow OSHA to impose a higher fine. That’s why we need a change in the Act’s penalties provisions, as called for in the Protecting America’s Workers Act. Read more about this proposed legislation here.