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B.C. Federation of Labour disappointed to learn of gas station attendant's death

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
September 17th, 2012

The B.C. Federation of Labour is saddened and disappointed to learn of the needless loss of a gas station attendant’s life in Ontario this weekend.

Jayesh Prajapati, 44, of Toronto, died when he was he was struck and dragged by an SUV at the Shell station in Toronto Saturday evening.

“The safety of unionized and non-unionized workers alike is a key priority for the B.C. Federation of Labour,” the release said.

“The right to come home safe and healthy at the end of every work day is the most important right a worker has.”

Following the tragic loss of Grant DePatie near Vancouver seven years ago in an all too similar incident, Grant’s family and the B.C. Federation of Labour worked to develop rules and regulations that would help to keep late- night retail workers safe.

Grant’s Law consists of two vital components. 

First, that gas purchases must be pre-paid 24 hours a day. 

The second, that gas stations and late-night retail outlets must provide their employees with a protective barrier, or have two workers on shift during late- night hours.

Ontario does not have these rules in the province.

Police confirmed they are now seeking Max Edwin Tutiven, 39, of Toronto, on a charge of second-degree murder.

“These simple changes, that ensure a level playing field for all gas stations and late-night retail operations, have dramatically reduced gas and dashes and improved worker safety,” the release went on to say.

“It is our hope that governments across Canada immediately look to Grant’s Law as a model for gas station and late- night retail worker safety.  With an effective model developed in British Columbia, it is unacceptable and unthinkable that workers in all provinces are not afforded this minimum level of protection.”

 

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