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At Gopher Resource in Tampa, workers recycle 50,000 used car batteries a day. Their safety equipment doesn’t always protect them, an 18-month Tampa Bay Times investigation found.
At Gopher Resource in Tampa, workers recycle 50,000 used car batteries a day. Their safety equipment doesn’t always protect them, an 18-month Tampa Bay Times investigation found.
OSHA inspectors haven’t been inside Gopher Resource in five years, even as mechanical breakdowns plagued the Tampa plant and made conditions worse for workers.
OSHA inspectors haven’t been inside Gopher Resource in five years, even as mechanical breakdowns plagued the Tampa plant and made conditions worse for workers.
Pasco’s sheriff created a futuristic program to stop crime before it happens. It monitors and harasses families across the county.
Pasco’s sheriff created a futuristic program to stop crime before it happens. It monitors and harasses families across the county.
From its headquarters in Boca Raton, GardaWorld has put unsafe trucks on the road, and its workers and unsuspecting motorists have suffered the consequences.
From its headquarters in Boca Raton, GardaWorld has put unsafe trucks on the road, and its workers and unsuspecting motorists have suffered the consequences.

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  1. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Tampa.
    The meeting will be held at Kenly Park and include information on the neurotoxin.
  2. U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, called for the U.S. Department of Education to investigate the Pasco school district's data-sharing arrangement with the Sheriff's Office.
    The Department of Education will look into whether the school district violated federal law by sharing personal student information without consent.
  3. A collage of videos and images from inside Gopher Resource.
    Workers shared photos and videos chronicling long-standing problems at the Tampa factory.
  4. Photos taken by workers at Gopher Resource in Tampa show a factory plagued with problems.
    Gopher Resource had been working to clean up and fix problems before inspectors arrived. After a five-year absence, regulators finally showed up.
  5. Gopher Resource is seen on Tuesday in Tampa. On Monday regulators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began inspecting at the company.
    After five years away, inspectors arrived Monday at Gopher Resource. The visit follows a Times investigation that found hundreds of workers exposed to high levels of poisons.
  6. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
    The U.S. representatives urge the Department of Justice to open a probe into Gopher Resource after Tampa Bay Times series.
  7. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
    In the wake of a Tampa Bay Times investigation, local representatives urge fast action.
  8. Eric Telemaque, who now lives in an assisted living facility, is one of the workers featured in Poisoned, a Tampa Bay Times investigation that examined the dangers inside Florida's only lead factory.  Telemaque ended his last shift at the factory on the locker room floor after suffering a stroke.
    Poisoned, which spun off from earlier reporting, took 18 months. Reporters found that hundreds of workers have been exposed to extreme amounts of the neurotoxin.
  9. Dust covers machinery in 2014, the same year that OSHA last inspected the factory for lead issues.
    OSHA inspectors haven’t been inside Gopher Resource in five years, even as mechanical breakdowns plagued the Tampa plant and made conditions worse for workers.
  10. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor called this week’s Tampa Bay Times investigation into unsafe work conditions at Gopher Resource, LLC concerning. She has directed city staff to gather information from regulatory agencies that monitor the East Tampa plant.
    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor issue calls for action after the Tampa Bay Times investigation into dangerous practices at Gopher Resource factory.
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