Busted! OSHA Fines Wal-Mart for Violating Corporate-Wide Safety Agreement

By keith bateman on April 4, 2016

In March, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) levied a penalty of $118,800 against Wal-Mart for failing to adhere to the 2013 settlement of their workplace safety violations.


In 2013, Wal-Mart was ordered to pay $190,000 in penalties and allow OSHA to conduct safety monitoring evaluations across all their stores in the U.S. This unfortunately did not prevent the global enterprise from breaking the corporate safety agreement that was in place and from being charged with five safety violations. Wal-Mart currently has just over 5,000 stores in the U.S. alone and employs just over 1.2 million employees.

The original 2013 OSHA citations were assessed to a Pensacola, Florida location while the new violations took place at a Buffalo, New York store. The violations focused around Wal-Mart not properly training employees in cleaning up hazardous spills, not providing adequate space for employees to avoid live electrical wires, and not adequately protecting workers from shock/burn hazards.


OSHA’s office director in Jacksonville, Brian Sturtecky, stated that “It is very frustrating to see that these hazards continue to exist and is a clear indication management is not actively involved in the safety and health program.” 

Companies like Wal-Mart(big and small) suffer from the exact same issue in that they can’t find a way to adequately track and enforce OSHA regulations upon their employees. The problem lies in that most OSHA record keeping is still done with pen and paper. The data from these records is hand delivered and stored away in a filing cabinet never to be seen again. If a company has multiple job sites with daily records being kept, there is no way for the HSE manager to know in real time what is going on at every site using paper.

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