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OSHA creates safety guidelines to help ease the chaos of Black Friday sales events

With Black Friday on the horizon for major retailers across the nation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging stores to ensure the safety of their employees and customers during the insanity of Black Friday sales. As the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday has become synonymous with injuries due to the heightened excitement of customers that may violently shove through packed crowds to snag sale items for the holiday season. However, the enthusiasm of some can come at a cost to others, such as one worker in 2008 who was trampled to death by overeager ... Read More

Retailers urged to implement crowd safety controls during ‘Black Friday’ holiday sales

In an effort to prevent trampling deaths and injuries from occurring in stores offering “doorbuster” holiday sales this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding U.S. retailers to take adequate precautions and be prepared to properly manage crowds that gather in anticipation of major sales events. Black Friday injuries and deaths have been of particular concern to federal safety regulators since the a Walmart employee was trampled to death in 2008 after he opened the doors early on Black Friday to an anxious crowd. Several others, including a pregnant woman, were injured in the stampede that literally ... Read More

Wal-Mart refuses to pay OSHA fine for 2008 trampling death

Wal-Mart is giving federal regulators the runaround in fighting a $7,000 fine that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied against the retailer for circumstances that led to the trampling death of an employee in 2008. The incident for which OSHA cited Wal-Mart occurred at a store in Valley Stream, New York. Approximately 2,000 people gathered around the store’s entrance in the early morning hours on Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving shopping day that is widely considered to be the busiest shopping day of the year. Wal-Mart took no measures to control the impatient crowd, which had been gathering for hours ... Read More