Judge upholds $7,000 fine vs Wal-Mart in trampling death

An administrative judge has upheld a$7,000 fine against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. following the 2008stomping death of a worker at its Valley Stream store during apost-Thanksgiving

WOODBURY - An administrative judge has upheld a$7,000 fine against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. following the 2008stomping death of a worker at its Valley Stream store during apost-Thanksgiving Day holiday sale. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that a judge withthe Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washingtonhad upheld the fine. Federal workplace safety regulators had cited Wal-Mart forinadequate crowd management. A Wal-Mart spokesman says the company would likely appeal. A 6-foot-5, 270-pound temporary worker was killed when a crowdestimated at 2,000 broke down the store's doors in search of pre-dawn bargains. Eleven other people were injured. After the death, Wal-Mart revamped its crowd-management policiesas part of a nonprosecution agreement with the local districtattorney.AP wire services contributed to this report

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