Walmart settles suit over construction worker’s death

Maria Jose Santos and Filippe Moura with lawyer Brian Joyce (right).
Maria Jose Santos and Filippe Moura with lawyer Brian Joyce (right).Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

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Walmart Stores Inc. has settled a multimillion-dollar suit that sought to hold the Arkansas-based retail giant accountable for a construction worker’s death during renovations at its Walpole store.

Romulo de Oliveira Santos, a 47-year-old Brazilian immigrant on his first night on the Walmart job, was electrocuted in 2008 after another worker cut through live electrical wires hidden in a wall the crew was demolishing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration later cited two subcontractors for exposing workers to electrical hazards. Walmart was not cited.

Santos’s family, however, sued Walmart, along with the company’s subcontractors, for $5 million, alleging that the construction worker’s death was part of a pattern of unsafe practices at Walmart constructions sites. After a 3½-years, the case was settled in February,

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