Alberta wants to take a closer look at protecting fuel and convenience store workers.
If passed, An Act to Protect Gas and Convenience Store Workers would amend the Occupational Health and Safety Code to include mandatory prepayment for fuel.
Over the past three years, “gas-and-dash” incidents and robberies in Alberta have resulted in five worker deaths and serious injuries to three others.
"Unfortunately, it's taken the lives of at least two people in the past year-and-a-half to bring this to the floor," said Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. "If you haven't got the money for gasoline you shouldn't be buying it."
If passed, the new measures are expected to go into effect June 1, 2018. Where pay-at-the-pump technology is not available, retailers can institute other options such as requiring customers to pay cash or use a card before fueling begins.
The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police estimates there were over 4,000 fuel theft incidents across the province in 2015, an average of 12 fuel thefts per day.
If passed, violence-prevention plans would also become mandatory at retail fuel and convenience stores teaching:
- Safe cash-handling procedures and minimal amount of cash available to workers.
- Video monitoring and good visibility within and outside premises.
- Where the retail space is open to the public between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
- Time-lock safes that can’t be opened during those hours.
- Limited quantities of certain items such as cash, lottery tickets and tobacco available during those hours.
- Visible signs indicating to the public that the retailer uses time-lock safes, has video monitoring and carries limited quantities of certain items.
- Personal emergency transmitters for employees working alone.
- Worker training in all aspects of the violence-prevention plan.

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