This Holiday Season No Sale Should Cost a Life

by Dr. David Michaels on November 3, 2010 · 13 comments

"Black Friday" Crowd

An early morning crowd gathers for a "Black Friday" sale in Boise. Photo Credit: Robert Barney via Flickr

With retailers starting to advertise “Black Friday” post-Thanksgiving sales, OSHA is emphasizing how critical it is to ensure the safety of retail workers and customers.

Two years ago, a worker was trampled to death when shoppers rushed through a store’s doors to take advantage of a Black Friday sale. OSHA investigated and issued a citation to the retailer, and we want to make sure that something like that never happens again.

We encourage retailers to develop a plan and take precautions to prevent worker and customer injuries during any event where large crowds may gather. Our fact sheet, “Crowd Management Safety Tips for Retailers,” provides easy-to-implement, yet important safety procedures when crowds are expected.

No sale should cost a life.

Ed. Note: Dr. David Michaels is Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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