Wal-Mart will soon be a cleaner, safer place to work, thanks to its friends at the U.S. Department of Labor.

DOL's Occupational Safety and Health branch popped Wal-Mart for a $190,000 fine and a settlement agreement after investigating its policies for managing trash compactors, cleaning chemicals and other maintenance-type operations.

The DOL is definitely not taking the summer off. The OSHA settlement is but the latest in a summer flurry of fines, sanctions and settlements with employers over working conditions.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.