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  • In the hot seat

    When reporters at NBC News began probing OSHA severe injury data in February 2019, an interesting takeaway emerged: UPS had a higher rate of heat injuries than any other company. At least 107 UPS workers in 23 states had been hospitalized for heat illnesses since 2015. In severe cases, heat can lead to organ failure and death. But regulators have little enforcement ability on this issue because there is no OSHA standard protecting workers from heat--even as climate change brings record-breaking temperatures. NBC News filed more than two dozen public records requests for state-level data -- to supplement the federal OSHA data -- and hundreds of pages of incident reports, and spoke with dozens of UPS employees, uncovering a corporate culture that exacerbated the problem. Long hours, heavy routes, fear of retaliation and sweltering trucks and warehouses pushed workers workers past their limits. Managers pushing workers to continue working when sick, and employees too intimidated to report their injuries. UPS claimed that their iconic brown trucks do not get dangerously hot, but NBC News sent five temperature loggers in packages across the country, during one of the hottest weeks of the summer. The results showed that each package exceeded 100 degrees while on a truck, with one hitting nearly 115 degrees. Drivers around the country also sent us images of temperature readings they took in their own trucks -- the hottest clocked in at 158 degrees. Between rising temperatures and the growing demands of the two-day delivery economy, dozens of UPS drivers said conditions are getting worse. Follow up stories uncovered additional injuries and more examples of UPS poorly protecting its workers from the heat. Following our story, OSHA fined UPS for a heat injury for the first time in nearly a decade.
  • GateHouse Media: Failure to Deliver

    More women are choosing to deliver their babies outside the hospital as a part of a growing national trend, but a nine-month investigation by GateHouse Media and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune found that it’s a deadlier practice than hospital deliveries and leaves families little recourse when something goes wrong.
  • Poor worker conditions power gig ecomony

    In “Poor worker conditions power gig economy" FT reporter Izabella Kaminska takes on the job of a Deliveroo food delivery rider to investigate whether the so-called 'Uberisation' of the economy – which sees low-wage workers transformed into informal contractors – is a viable and sustainable technological labour innovation. The video likens this new labour structure to a renewed upstairs downstairs society, and questions the economic sustainability of these models in the long term.
  • Sysco’s Dirty Secret: Outdoor Food Sheds Across U.S. and Canada

    After receiving a tip that seemed too wild to be true, we began weeks of surveillance and hidden camera recordings to expose the hidden food practices of the world’s largest food distributor. As a result of our reporting, the company publicly vowed to make sweeping changes to ensure the safety of its food delivery to millions of people across North America. Our reports also prompted investigations by state, federal and Canadian health officials that are ongoing and are expected to result in significant monetary penalties.
  • Colorado's Failing Parole System

    A father of three, gunned down for his pizza delivery uniform. That uniform is then used in the murder of Colorado’s Prisons Chief, shot and killed when he answered his front door. The man who carried out the killings: a career criminal on parole. A series of Call7 Breaking News Investigations uncovers the catastrophic failure of Colorado’s parole division. Failures that allowed a parolee identified as high risk and assigned a specially trained officer, to commit murder- twice. A parolee absconder who Call7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta uncovered committed both murders while “off the grid” as parole officers at all levels ignored critical alerts he was on the run for nearly a week. Marchetta holds officials accountable for the fatal oversights that took place. Her investigations led to immediate and long-term meaningful changes at the Colorado Department of Corrections, including a new policy requiring officers to respond to ankle bracelet tamper alerts, new equipment for parole officers, legislative hearings and a change in leadership at the parole division.
  • Pregnancy Warning

    This investigation looked into problems associated with Cytotec, a stomach ulcer drug that is sometimes used during labor and delivery. But, the drug is not approved for use on pregnant women, and its use sometimes leads to birth defects.
  • Parking Ticket Pay-Up

    ABC 26 investigates 5 years worth of unpaid city parking tickets in New Orleans and finds the total to be more than 63 million dollars. One vehicle had more than 40 thousand dollars in parking tickets while UPS delivery trucks owed the most money - 200 thousand dollars. Investigation also revealed that drivers avoid paying fines by lying about losing their plates to get a new number and address.
  • Too Young to Die: Infant Mortality in California

    This five-part series took a closer look at infant mortality in the San Francisco area. Research found that immigrant families face infant mortality at a much higher rate and that pollution and inner-city stress seem to affect a baby's chances for survival. A look at health care also revealed a poor delivery system that doomed some infants, and a neonatal intensive care unit that saves lives daily.
  • Surgery for sale

    Following up on patients' complaints, ABC investigates fradulent practices in eye care delivery. Under investigation is the Lasik Vision Institute in Tampa, FL which advertised eye surgeries to be conducted for as low as $299. The story reveals how patients who underwent these surgeries ended up with eye infections after having never got the advertized deal - not even a meeting with a surgeon prior to the procedures.
  • The State Police Delivery Service; Organ Drop Off Raises Eyebrows

    The Indiana State Police provide a unique service, they deliver organs at a moments notice. But a number of these deliveries were not for emergencies but for research purposes. The Indianapolis police department which is already short staffed has at least 10 times per week. The Indianapolis Eye investigates the relay runs done by the troopers.