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Wal-Mart Gets the Gold Medal For Employee Safety

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Company
OSHA Enforcement Inspections, 2006-2011
Employees
Inspections per 100,000 Employees
Ford
389
164,000
237.2
Home Depot
406
189,390
214.4
Lowes
247
161,000
153.4
Costco
99
82,000
120.7
Whole Foods
26
45,300
57.4
Target
203
355,000
57.2
McDonald's
69
400,000
17.3
Walmart
215
2,100,000
10.2

The table above shows: a) the number of OSHA enforcement inspections over the last five years for a sample of large U.S. companies, along with b) the number of employees at those companies (from Yahoo! Finance), and finally c) the number of OSHA inspections per 100,000 employees at those companies.  

Note that when adjusted for the number of employees, Walmart has the best safety record by far among the group of retailers and manufacturers (Ford). Walmart's main competitor Target has almost six times more OSHA enforcement inspections, and Costco has twelve times as many.     

Conclusion: Wal-Mart has a much better safety record than Target, Home Depot, Lowes, McDonald's, Whole Foods, Costco and Ford, when measured by inspections per employee, and therefore gets the Gold Medal for employee safety.

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