Shooting death of “Stop and Shop” convenience store owner spotlights hazards for North Carolina workers

Two men have been arrested in connection to the Saturday evening shooting death of a Martin County convenience store “Stop and Shop” owner. The 32-year-old died in the parking lot of his Williamston store after what may have been an attempted robbery, News 14 Carolina reports.

North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys are aware that shootings accounted for nearly 80 workplace homicides in 2008, and that nearly 25 percent – or 99 out of 421 deaths – occurred in the retail trade industry. Of all workplace shooting fatalities, robbery was the motive in about 40 percent of cases. Nearly half of robbery-related fatal workplace shootings happened in a public place, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Despite an overall downward trend in 2009 of work-related fatalities and injuries across all industry in both the public and private sector in the U.S., homicides in the workplace dropped just one percent. This represents an insignificant decline when measured against an overall drop in work-related fatalities of 17 percent, the BLS reports.

With all that said, the National Association of Convenience Stores recently reported that in 2009, convenience stores saw a nearly 10 percent drop in robberies and gas stations saw a nearly 13 percent decline. Together, last year, convenience stores and gas stations accounted for 7.8 percent of all reported robberies nationwide. The downturn offers promising numbers, especially considering there are more than 145,000 convenience stores across the U.S., or on average, about 2,900 shops per state. More than 60 percent of convenience stores are independent small business single-unit operations.

For North Carolina workers stricken with a work-related illness or injury, the North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers with Lee & Smith know recovery and adjustment can be a battle. If you have been injured, or someone you love has been injured by a work-related illness or accident, call us at 1-800-887-1965 or contact our law offices online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights. Representing clients throughout North and South Carolina, including Asheboro, Morgantonm Shelby and Statesville.

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