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Tree trimmer death blamed on employer, says widow, OSHA

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The widow of a Thonotosassa man who died after falling while trying to trim a palm tree is blaming the landscape company for failing to provide adequate instruction and safety equipment. Gray, Georgia resident Bonnie Beatrice Roberts, the surviving spouse of Darryl James Roberts has filed suit against Total Scapes Inc., doing business as Tampa landscape company Totalscape Solutions. Totalscape Solutions is founded, owned and managed by 45-year-old Mark Anthony Gonzalez, and is located at 1717 E. Busch Blvd. in…

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Family of Pasco man killed by bulldozer claims reckless negligence

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A year after a 27-year-old construction worker was run over by a bulldozer, the family is suing two parties they believe were responsible for his death. Justin Smith died Oct. 7, 2015, while working at the construction site of Aura @ 4th Apartments when the bulldozer backed over him. Albert Kimball, 37, was operating the machine. Smith was at the site to move a water evacuation pump. Kimball was there for a separate task of excavating land. Smith worked for…

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Tampa Bay area McDonalds workers protest unsafe work conditions

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This afternoon in Tampa, approximately 70 fast-food workers, many McDonalds employees, and their allies held a demonstration protesting health hazards that they say they’ve incurred on the job. It’s the latest effort by activists behind the “Fight for $15” campaign to get fast-food workers a higher wage and the right to join a union, primarily funded by the Service Employees International Union. Blue Reiner works at the McDonalds at Fletcher Avenue and 22nd Street in Tampa. He says he has…

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