Read the press on allegations that contractors for a major retailer locked employees in during cleaning and committed other safety violations. I have no idea as to the validity of the claims against the contractors. I do know that Target is a top-notch company with no tolerance for unsafe behavior. I have also seen the endless safety-related attacks on Wal-Mart, Hyatt and others which really seemed more about harassment by third parties than genuine safety concerns. Thus, while I would not make light of these safety allegations, I also give them limited credence.
I have three Lessons for you; especially those of you in retail and hospitality settings, where you are especially vulnerable to third-party actions and attacks designed to harm the Company Brand.
2. HOSPITALITY, FOOD SERVICE AND RETAIL, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, HAVE EXPERIENCED LESS SERIOUS WORKPLACE INJURIES AND DEATHS OR ATTENTION FROM OSHA. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THESE SETTINGS DO NOT PRESENT SERIOUS OSHA AND SAFETY COMPLIANCE ISSUES.
3. OSHA CAN AND WILL SITE PROPERTY STORES FOR OSHA VIOLATIONS OF ITS CONTRACTORS AND THEY CAN REALLY EMBARRASS YOU, SO BECOME INVOLVED IN MORE DETAILED PRE-QUALIFICATION AND OVERSIGHT.