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OSHA v. Walmart

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Sarah Roman

on 14 March 2014

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Transcript of OSHA v. Walmart

OSHA v. Walmart

What happened, HR perspective?

What should Walmart do now?
Wal-Mart Thanksgiving Day 2008
Shoppers begin arriving at 5:30pm
Additional employees used for crowd control
Doors fail at 5:00am under crowd pressure
Jdimytai Damour dies of asphyxiation
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970
Walmart New York Crowd Management Plan Summary
customer approach and entry into the store
customer flow throughout the store and around promotional merchandise
flow through checkout aisles and away from the store
HR Recommendations
Updating national safety procedures
Pay OSHA fine
Human Resources Response
Employee training policies
Schedule management
HR Recommendations
Julián Lazalde, Sarah Manuel,
Cecilia Marchan, Keely O’Sullivan,
and Sarah Roman
The 2008 Trampling
Occupational Safety and Health Act
the need for such a provision where there is no existing specific standard applicable to a given situation
The Situation
Current Response
General Duty Clause
“assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women”
industry-specific standards and practices for workplace safety regulations

OSHA v. Walmart
No criminal charges filed
OSHA cites Walmart under General Duty Clause
Case in appeals process
Increased employee safety
Symbolic gesture
More Training for Employees
Increase Employee Benefits
Prepared Employees
Increased Employee Morale
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