Black Friday had a double meaning at Wal-Mart’s Valley Stream, N.Y., store last year when temporary employee Jdimytai Damour, 34, was trampled to death by stampeding shoppers.
OSHA investigated and levied the maximum permissible fine against the store, $7,000.
OSHA concluded that Wal-Mart failed to train its employees in how to handle large crowds whipped into a frenzy by drastic holiday discounts. That failure to train caught up with the chain when crowds erupted through the front door of the Valley Stream store when it opened in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 28, 2008.
Officials maintain Wal-Mart should have anticipated the swarm based on its previous “blitz Friday” promotions.
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