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Home Depot accused of failing to provide safe workplace

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Home Depot also allegedly failed to sufficiently supervise employees and failed to adequately train workers, especially for unusually precarious tasks or those involving a greater risk of injury than their typical duties.

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The plaintiff sent a notice requiring Home Depot to designate a corporate representative who was authorized and prepared to testify on the following topics:

  • Home Depot’s Safety Takes EveryONE program
  • loading merchandise except the lawn mower into customers’ vehicles
  • loading heavy merchandise except the mower into vehicles
  • safety training except that associated with loading the mower into vehicles
  • safety rules for employees except those associated with loading the mower into vehicles
  • the sales of zero-turn mowers and other riding mowers and the process of loading them into vehicles
  • equipment for loading zero-turn and other riding mowers into vehicles, its availability, and the feasibility of adopting it and making it available to workers
  • the process for employees to report workplace injuries and the manner of storing records of those injuries
  • the policies and procedures for retaining videos of workers’ injuries
  • the number of employees working at the store where the injury occurred and at the time when it occurred and the manner of deciding how many workers should be present at the stores on any given day

The trial court ordered Home Depot to produce safety-related materials such as policy manuals, safety manuals, presentation slides, training materials, tests, test results, and videos that Home Depot allegedly showed, taught, or provided to the plaintiff during his employment.

Court rules in employer’s favor

Home Depot filed a petition challenging the trial court’s order. It argued that the trial court required it to produce items clearly irrelevant to facts of consequence in the case because the safety training materials included information that was not relevant to the plaintiff’s injury and that consisted of 28 training courses that he took after the date of his injury.

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