Clerk Pistol Whipped During Robbery

According to abc13, a Shell gas station clerk was struck with a gun when two men came into the convenience store to rob it. One suspect went to the cash register, took the money, and the other hit the store clerk with a pistol. The clerk was taken to a local hospital and was reported to be okay. Sugar Land Police are looking at security camera video to identify the suspects.

OSHA has developed guidelines and recommendations to reduce worker exposures to this hazard but is not initiating rulemaking at this time.

Factors which may increase a worker’s risk for workplace assault, as identified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), are:

  • Contact with the public
  • Exchange of money
  • Delivery of passengers, goods, or services
  • Having a mobile workplace such as a taxicab or police cruiser
  • Working with unstable or volatile persons in health care, social services, or criminal justice settings
  • Performing alone or in small numbers
  • Working late at night or during early morning hours
  • Working in high-crime areas
  • Guarding valuable property or possessions
  • Working in community-based settings

CURRENT STATUS

Some recommended engineering and administrative controls

  • Physical barriers such as bullet-resistant enclosures or shields, pass-through windows, or deep service counters
  • Alarm systems, panic buttons, global positioning systems (GPS), and radios (“open mike switch”)
  • Convex mirrors, elevated vantage points, clear visibility of service and cash register areas
  • Bright and efficient lighting
  • Adequate staffing
  • Arrange furniture to prevent entrapment
  • Cash-handling controls, use of drop safes
  • Height markers on exit doors
  • Emergency procedures to use in case of robbery
  • Training in identifying hazardous situations and appropriate responses in emergencies
  • Video surveillance equipment, in-car surveillance cameras, and closed circuit TV
  • Establish liaison with local police

 

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