Louisiana Company Cited After Employee Stabbed in Store

Louisiana Company Cited After Employee Stabbed in Store

The operator of car wash, oil change, fueling and convenience stores was cited for not protecting workers from violence, according to OSHA.

A Baton Rouge-based company is being cited for not protecting employees from violence after the stabbing of an employee.

According to a news release, an assistant manager of a “car wash, oil change, fueling and convenience store” was working behind the counter with other employees when someone walked in. The assistant manager was stabbed “multiple times” and transported to the hospital. They were later sent home.

OSHA investigated the incident and found this was not the first violence-related incident in the store. B-Quik, owned and operated by Benny’s Car Wash & Oil Change, was cited for not protecting workers from violence and not reporting the hospitalization in time by law, OSHA said. OSHA proposed $17,403 in penalties.

“Workplace violence remains a leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S.,” said OSHA Area Director Roderic Chube in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the press release. "Employers are legally obligated to reduce hazards related to workplace violence and train workers on how to recognize those hazards."

In 2019, 761 people were injured by another person on purpose, according to OSHA. In 2020, that number decreased to 651, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

About the Author

Alex Saurman is a former Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety,who has since joined OH&S’s client services team. She continues to work closely with OH&S’s editorial team and contributes to the magazine.

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