Wal-Mart has agreed to a settlement with the Labor Department to improve safety conditions for employees related to trash compactors and cleaning chemicals in more than 2,800 of its stores.
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The retail giant agreed to the settlement, which includes paying a $190,000 penalty to fix hazards found during an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection at a store in Rochester, N.Y.
The settlement agreement covers 2,857 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in 28 countries that follow federal OSHA policies, with an option for the 22 states that operate their own OSHA inspection programs to negotiate similar settlements.
Under the federal settlement, Wal-Mart has pledged to improve training programs for workers inusing hazardous tools, equipment, and use of cleaning chemicals.
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Wal-Mart spokesperson Randy Hargrove said the company immediately solved the problems as soon as it was made aware of them.
“We have long-standing policies and training requirements in our stores designed to ensure the safety of our associates,” he said.
“This settlement will help to keep thousands of exposed Wal-Mart workers safe and healthy on the job,” said David Michaels, the assistant secretary of labor in charge of OSHA.