Wal-mart Agrees To Safety Changes At Nearly 2,900 Stores

Source: Tom Tobin, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle / USA Today

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to make safety improvements at more than 2,800 stores for employees who use trash compactors and handle chemicals as part of an agreement with the Labor Department.

The retailer has agreed to pay a $190,000 fine over safety violations that were found during inspections at a Rochester, N.Y., area Supercenter.

The agreement, announced Wednesday, stems from two 2011 inspections by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the store in Gates, N.Y., that found serious hazards affecting Walmart workers.

The agreement applies to 2,857 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores that are under federal OSHA supervision in 28 states. The states that operate their own inspection programs could negotiate similar agreements.

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