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On what would have been her 43rd wedding anniversary, Lisa Hobbs stood in the front yard of Camp Pius, the farm handed down through her husband's family for generations. She watched as the very same dump truck that killed her husband rolled down her country lane.

In December 2016, Pius "Gene" Hobbs was raking gravel with the Meade County public works crew when a dump truck backed over him. The driver then accelerated forward, hitting him a second time. Hobbs was crushed to death.

A new report shows that people who work outdoors in all 67 Florida counties frequently work in dangerously hot conditions as climate change leads to hotter days and more of them.

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Contractors that worked on the bridge near a Florida university that collapsed, killing six people, have been fined more than $86,000 for workplace violations.

Thanks to the work of Tallahassee’s Fire Department and local unions, the city’s firefighters have secured federal funds to help local fire stations install a much-need air filter system on their trucks.

Firearms safety is key for people who use weapons at work or for recreational shooting. But one risk has been little acknowledged: Lead dust exposure.

In a standard bullet, a solid lead core wrapped in a copper jacket sits atop a stack of gunpowder and lead primer. When the gun fires, the primer ignites, the gunpowder lights, and some of the lead on the bullet boils. When the casing snaps out of the ejection port, lead particles trail behind it. As the bullet hurtles down the barrel of the gun, a shower of lead particles follows.

The U.S. Department of Labor has cited Nova Southeastern University for 10 violations relating to the school's use of formaldehyde in its anatomy laboratory.

The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday issued the citations, claiming the South Florida-based school had failed to provide protective equipment for workers using formaldehyde.

The agency also said the school had failed to provide eye-washing stations and a medical surveillance program in the lab.

Formaldehyde is used to embalm humans and animal remains and is considered toxic.

SeaWorld has decided not to appeal a court ruling that prohibits its trainers from performing with killer whales, the Orlando Sentinel reports, citing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The legal battle has lasted for years, beginning with the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau by an orca named Tilikum in 2010.

Officials from a Dade City health management company tied to the death of a young case worker say they did provide in-person safety training to prepare employees for unpredictable clients, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

A health care management company that lacked policies to insure workers’ safety, resulting in a case manager’s death, is facing fines and a civil lawsuit, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Integra Health Management’s workers were not told of clients’ severe mental illnesses or criminal records before visiting them, according to testimony in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration hearing.

Integra Health Management has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for putting an employee in a dangerous situation that led to her death, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Mental-health coordinator Stephanie Ross, 25, was visiting a client when police say the man, who had a history of violent behavior, stabbed her to death with a butcher knife. OSHA also flagged the health-management company for not reporting the workplace fatality. 

The night before he died, Wyatt Whitebread couldn't stand the thought of going back to the grain bins on the edge of Mount Carroll, Ill.

The mischievous and popular 14-year-old had been excited about his first real job, he told Lisa Jones, the mother of some of his closest friends, as she drove him home from a night out for pizza. But nearly two weeks later he told her he was tired of being sent into massive storage bins clogged with corn.