OSHA fines Safeway for safety violations following Bend store shooting

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Safeway has been issued two citations for safety violations by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Department (OSHA) after its investigation following the deadly shooting last summer at the Safeway on Bend’s east side. OSHA said the violations did not contribute to the deaths that day.

One violation was for a blocked emergency exit route on the northwest side of the store. It was one of six emergency exits inside. 

The other was for failing to review the emergency action plan with new employees or whenever the action plan was changed.

In total, Safeway was fined $7,250.

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Two people were killed in the shooting on Aug. 28, 2022. Customer Glenn Bennett was shot and killed near the front of the store seconds after the gunman entered.

Employee Donald Surrett Jr. was killed at the back of the store on the northeast side near the produce section. Surveillance video released in December showed Surrett waited for the gunman and tried to disarm him using a produce knife. Surrett was killed, but was successful in making the shooter drop one of his weapons.

Moments later, as police arrived, the gunman took his own life.

The investigation into the blocked exit came after a complaint was made to OSHA following the shooting.

The report found that the two OSHA violations listed above did not contribute to Surrett’s death.

The OSHA included a map showing the path that the shooter took through the store, where each encounter with another person took place and where the blocked exit was. The shooter started on the southwest corner next to the deli, moved through a center aisle and then proceeded to the meat and produce areas in the northeast corner.

OSHA also informed Surrett’s wife she could apply for workman’s compensation benefits. 

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