Alberta health and safety officers to inspect 200 convenience stores, gas bars

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it will inspect hundreds of stand-alone convenience stores and gas bars over the next three months to ensure workers are safe.

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Labour Minister Christina Gray says health and safety officers will talk to employers and workers about current legislation related to working alone, workplace violence, paycheque deductions and employing young workers.

During their inspections of about 200 work sites across the province, safety officers will have the authority to write orders on the spot.

Gray says the results of those inspections, along with consultations with industry officials, will help determine the next steps in the review of occupational health and safety and employment standards laws.

The inspections come after two clerks working alone at different Mac's stores in Edmonton were shot dead during robberies on Dec. 18.

Two men in their 20s and a 13-year-old boy have been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths.



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