In national news:

Wal-Mart is facing renewed backlash and $118,000 in fines for a single Florida location from OSHA after failing to fully implement a company-wide safety agreement dating back to 2013. In the recent inspection of a Pensacola store, there were three repeat and two serious safety and health violations, including failure to:

  • provide Hepatitis B vaccinations to workers that were designated to clean up blood spills
  • ensure workers understood the symptoms and control measures for Hepatitis B
  • maintain unobstructed access to the disconnect box and panel for the baler and trash compactor
  • annually train workers designated to clean up blood spills on the dangers of blood-borne pathogens, and
  • provide employees with sufficient working space to avoid contact with live electrical wires.

Wal-Mart signed the safety agreement in 2013, which resolved two separate inspections at a store in Rochester, NY. Those inspections resulted in a $190,000 fine.

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