Walmart to pay $2 million after employee trampled to death

Retailer will also improve crowd-control measures in New York stores
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/18/2009

Retail giant Walmart has agreed to pay nearly $2 million US and implement extra safety precautions following the death of an employee who was trampled last year at a Valley Stream, N.Y., store the day after Thanksgiving.

The deal, reached between the top Nassau County prosecutor and the retailer, will see Walmart fund $1.5 million US in community programs in Nassau County and pay another $400,000 US to compensate people who were injured in the incident.

Walmart will also implement a new crowd-management plan, developed by experts who have worked on crowd management at Super Bowls and Olympic Games, at each of its 92 New York stores for after-Thanksgiving shopping.

The retailer will not face criminal charges in the death of Jdimytai Damour, a 34-year-old temporary worker from Jamaica, who was trampled by bargain-hunting shoppers while he was doing maintenance work at the store.

Shortly after the store opened at 5 a.m., about 2,000 shoppers "physically broke down the doors, knocking (the worker) to the ground," said police in a statement.

The deal between Nassau County and Walmart doesn't include an admission of guilt or wrongdoing by the retailer, said District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

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