The father of man killed in a 2005 Maple Ridge gas-and-dash is renewing his call to toughen up “Grant’s Law” – named after his slain son.
It comes four years after changes to the WorkSafeBC legislation that many say watered it down.
That’s how Doug de Patie describes staff working alone late at night.
That, after the province axed regulations requiring employers to have either a security barrier or two staff on after 10 pm.
He says it’s only a matter of time before there’s another tragedy.
“As much as it hurts me, it hurts workers much worse. They’re the ones left in a vulnerable position. They’re the ones being robbed, beaten, and intimidated in the work place.”
de Patie says changes made four years ago this weekend have watered the legislation down to the point where someone is going to get hurt.
“Workers are being slaughtered on the altar of convenience. In other words, we’re willing to put other peoples lives in danger just for a minute of convenience for some purchasers, particularly late night and working alone workers.”
The revised law still requires pre-payment for gas – along with security cameras and a panic button.
Sit-ins protesting the changes are taking place at convenience stores in Vancouver and Victoria.