OSHA Advised Retailers on Crowd Safety

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers are being told by the U.S. government to take greater precautions with their Black Friday shopping events to avoid a repeat of last year, when a worker was trampled by customers. Guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration includes using a bullhorn to manage crowds, setting up barricades or rope lines and clearing the entrances of shopping carts and other potentially dangerous obstacles, according to a statement released by the agency.  The National Retail Federation issued its own guidelines for its members earlier this month, and Bentonville, Ark.- based Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is extending store hours to manage crowds.  Read the article here.

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