Shooting of Pittsburgh cab driver spotlights risks of profession

Pittsburgh police Friday continued to look for a gunman who shot a taxi driver in the back as he drove through Hazelwood, blowing out the rear window of the cab. Such an assault happens infrequently in the city, although federal data show the industry is considered one of the most dangerous nationwide. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Assaults on staff at psychiatric hospital costing millions

A psychiatric patient “head-butted” a nurse so hard she fell back and slammed her head on a door, causing injures that kept her home for three months. An agitated patient knocked a nurse onto the cement floor and forced him out of work for seven months. A nurse who tried to stop a patient attack […]

Safety lapses and deaths amid a building boom in New York

New York City is experiencing a building boom that has transformed barren blocks and led to a frenzy of construction on commercial and residential buildings across all five boroughs. But that activity has come at a sobering cost: In the last two years, the number of workers hurt and killed in construction accidents has surged. […]

Deadline extended for Blue Rhino to reach settlement

Blue Rhino has been given more time to reach a settlement with Fed-OSHA over dozens of violations stemming from the massive explosion at its Tavares propane plant in 2013. Both parties had until Nov. 16 to come to an agreement, but the lawyers for Ferrellgas, Blue Rhino’s parent company, were granted an extension, a Fed-OSHA […]

Contact 5 investigates why Florida is a national leader in work-related deaths

Florida is one of the nation’s leaders in work-related deaths according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Contact 5 found 13 families in our area that have lost a loved one since 2013. Some of the on-the-job accidents are so disturbing the families remain traumatized by the thought of them. They believe Fed-OSHA failed them. […]

Farms are dangerous. Can they be made safer?

Farmers and farm workers face plenty of risks. With tractors and other heavy machinery, chemicals, manure pits and livestock, farming is one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations in the country. Yet Fed-OSHA has no jurisdiction over small farms. Among farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers, there were 26 work-related deaths per 100,000 workers nationally […]