Wal-Mart Fighting $7K OSHA fine in Trampling Death

The New York Times reports that “Wal-Mart Stores has spent a year and more than a million dollars in legal fees battling a $7,000 fine that federal safety officials assessed after shoppers trampled a Wal-Mart employee to death at a store on Long Island on the day after Thanksgiving in 2008.” The company’s “all-out battle against the relatively minor penalty has mystified and even angered some federal officials,” but Wal-Mart “says that regulators are trying to enforce a vague standard of protection when there was no previous OSHA or retail industry guidance on how to prevent what it views as an ‘unforeseeable incident.'” Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said, “The citation has far-reaching implications for the retail industry that could subject retailers to unfairly harsh penalties and restrictions on future sales promotions.”

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