The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for two repeat violations of workplace health and safety standards at its Great Falls location. These two violations amount to a proposed fine of $50,000.Wal-Mart employees were exposed to amputation hazards while operating a bread slicer. This repeat violation carries a $25,000 fine because a similar violation was cited at the same location in 2009.
The OSHA area director stated, “The best way to control and prevent amputations caused by stationary machinery is machine safeguarding. This employer had been previously cited for this specific piece of equipment and failed to ensure that corrective actions were taken and maintained.”
Wal-Mart also failed to make suitable facilities for flushing eyes in the event of an emergency that may be exposed to electrolytes at a battery charging station. The same violation has previously been cited in other Wal-Mart locations.
A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said, “Wal-Mart is committed to providing a safe workplace and we take these allegations very seriously. We are reviewing the matter.”
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Great Falls Wal-Mart store cited for OSHA violations, greatfallstribune.com, May 31, 2013
US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Wal-Mart store in Great Falls, Mont., for repeat and serious safety and health hazards; proposes $50,000 in fines, osha.gov, May 30, 2013