Death at Walmart

Walmart has pleaded guilty to several workplace safety violations after a teenage worker died in a Canadian store last year. Here are the details from the Toronto Star:

  • The retail giant was charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a 17-year-old employee at a store in Grand Falls was electrocuted on Jan. 5, 2011.
  • Patrick Desjardins was using a floor buffer on a wet floor in a garage at the time.
  • Crown attorney Karen Lee Lamrock says Denis Morin, who was a supervisor at the store, also pleaded guilty to two charges under the act.
  • She says Wal-Mart was fined $120,000 and Morin $1,056.
  • WorkSafeNB, the Crown agency responsible for the act, has said Desjardins was using an inappropriate floor polisher and a faulty extension cord when he died.

According to the article, the equipment being used by the teen had not been inspected and was in poor working condition.

7 thoughts on “Death at Walmart

  1. If the United Stated citizens stand together as a whole, we can make Wal-Mart either completely change and treat the employees as well as the consumers in a fare matter or we can force their operations out of this Country! I am not sure who they think they are but we as a great nation did not put up with happened on Sept. 11th. and we will not put up with this poor excuse of a corporation. I am completely embarised to have this chain be apart of the american way!!!!!

    Frank,
    U.S.M.C.

  2. it is time for Walmart join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union for all Walmart Cashier Workers and for all Walmart Deli Department Workers and for all Walmart Produce Workers and for all Walmart Bakery Department Workers right of away and right now please.
    it is time for Walmart join the Teamster Union for all Walmart Truck Drivers Workers and for all Walmart Stock Person Workers and for all Walmart Maintenance Association Workers and for all Walmart Hardware Department Workers and for all Walmart Gardening Department Workers and for all Walmart Customer Service Desk Workers and for all Walmart Courtesy Association Workers and for all Sam’s Club Truck Drivers Workers and for all Sam’s Club Forklift Drivers  Stock Person Workers and for all Sam’s Club Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club Meat Cutters Meat Wrappers Workers and for all Sam’s Club Bakery Department Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cafe Workers and for all Sam’s Club Membership Desk Workers and for all Cashier Workers and for all Walmart Cart Attendant Workers right of away and right now please.
    it is time for Walmart to join United Healthcare Workers for all Walmart Pharmacy Workers and for all Sam’s Club Pharmacy Workers right of away and right now please.
    it is time for Walmart join the Communications Workers for all Walmart Electronics Worker and for all Sam’s Club Electronics Workers right of away and right now please. it is time for Walmart Join the United Auto Workers for all Walmart Tire@Lube Express Workers and for all Sam’s Club Tire@Car Battery Installment Workers right of way and right now please. by make Walmart give all Walmart Worker and all Sam’s Club Worker a Living Wage With Affordable Health right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and without close down all the Sam’s Club Wholesale Club

    Thank You Very Much Walmart Watch and Our Walmart and Making Change at Walmart and United Food and Commercial Worker and Employee Free Choice Act Try Make Walmart Better Place To Work.

    thank You Very Much From Tom P Noonan

  3. Walmart sucks—I have only purchased less than 5 items from Walmart over the years and I have boycotted them since my last purchase in 2005.

    They are worse employer on the earth and the only way they can be stopped if all of us stopped buying there. Making their employees “Work off the Clock” and the Walmart health care plan that is so out priced that only a small % of employees can afford it–must be only upper mangement can afford it.

    The turn-over for employees in the first year is mind boggling–easy fix, if you can, do not apply to work there. 

    WAKE UP AMERICA! 

    Sam Walton is on the other side now, but his ideas were bad for America then and still is today.

    Walmart does not care about their employees or their vendors.

    Walmart has gotten tax breaks on land where they have sites and after the the tax breaks expire, then will ask the town,county and state to continue the tax breaks or they will move out and and leave a big empty building behind. It is cheaper to close up shop and move, than for Walmart to pay the their fair share for services in the town/city they are located in and indirectly, we the taxpayers, pay for Walmart to stay there.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! 

    They have put United States manufacturers out of business with their business practices (Sam Walton’s business practices)

    Walmart uses the old smoke and mirror trick for their own good to trick the world that they are so wonderful, but I for one, DO NOT believe anything Walmart says or does today or in the future.

    If you think I do not like Walmart, you are totally correct.
    Please DO NOT SHOP at Walmart, as the job you save maybe your own! 

    WAKE UP AMERICA! 

  4. Walmart makes keys that start fires in your car engine.  Don’t have your auto keys made at walmart.

    Walmart endangers peoples lives every day.  . It happened to me.  Walmart made for my vehicle, I turned the suv on, walked back in the house came back outside and the truck had billowing smoking going approx. 10 feet in the air.  I turned it off, towed it to a mechanic and they ordered brand new parts.  The mechanic stated the keys made by Walmart started the electrical fire.  He tested the keys on the new parts and the engine and all the electric components went crazy, he took the key out immediately.  The mechanic then tried my key and the vehicle acted normal. 

  5. Don’t have your keys made at Walmart, and if you do buy from them be careful what you buy.  Walmart had no notice or information regarding keys can start your vehicle on fire.  They have not paid the bill or paid for my rental expenses.  I have been without my suv for 42 days.  Walmart’s insurance company CMI denied the claim before the mechanic even tested the keys made at Walmart. 

  6. Do you think Walmart really cares about it’s employees, customers or the country in which there business got started?  They still don’t have a sign up 42 days later, after the keys Walmart made started an electrical fire in my engine, and it has been proven by the best Auto Repair Shop in Milwaukee, WI.  If they would allow their own employee die, what in the world could they care about you shopping in their store.  I’m done with shopping at Walmart.  I am taking them to court, for the damages they started in my car.

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