Friday, November 24, 2017

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Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald and two years as a government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.



Tampa Electric was fined $18,108 following a May gas leak at the Big Bend Power Station.  [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES]

Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

APOLLO BEACH — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Tampa Electric $18,108 and gave the company two "serious" citations for its response to a gas leak at the Big Bend Power Station in May, the agency announced late...
Published: 11/20/17
Two workers were sent to the hospital with injuries Tuesday after an accident at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. Earlier this year, five workers died at the plant. [Luis Santana   |   Times]

Two workers injured at Tampa Electric power plant

APOLLO BEACH — An industrial accident at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station sent two workers to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, the company said.Tampa Electric officials provided few details Wednesday about what caused the accident, but...
Updated one month ago
Querubin Jara Jr., 11, plays with his family’s pet ducks Monday in front of their badly damaged trailer in southern Collier County. Irma made landfall Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane.

After a graze from Hurricane Irma, Tampa Bay will remember the emotional toll

Irma left mess in Tampa Bay, thrashed Keys, swamped Jacksonville.
Updated: 2 months ago
A tree down came down but missed this 1920s home at 738 Seventh St. N in the Historic Uptown neighborhood of St. Petersburg. Damage became apparent with the light of day Monday morning.

Irma spares Tampa Bay, other parts of the state not as lucky

Tampa Bay spared worst as Irma brings havoc, takes out power.
Updated: 2 months ago
Palm trees in the wind at the Tampa Premium Outlets at 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz as Hurricane Irma arrives Sunday evening. CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times)

A day of dread in Tampa Bay as Hurricane Irma battered the state

. Tampa Bay gets weakened, but still dangerous, hurricane.
Updated: 2 months ago
At Middleton High School in Tampa on Saturday. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)

With Hurricane Irma on track for Tampa Bay, here's what you can expect

Hurricane Irma began a dreaded march north late Saturday, erasing any hope the Tampa Bay region and Florida's Gulf Coast would be spared its devastation. At shelters where thousands waited for the storm to arrive, and in living rooms where...
Updated: 3 months ago
The Tampa Electric Big Bend power station was the site of a fatal accident in June that killed 5 workers. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]

When workers died, Tampa Electric vowed to stop doing this. But weeks later, they did it anyway.

TAMPA — After five workers died at Big Bend Power Station, Tampa Electric vowed to immediately stop the kind of work that led to the fatal accident.No one would clean or do maintenance on a slag tank connected to a running boiler, the company...
Published: 09/05/17
Updated: 11/20/17
The Tampa Electric Big Bend power station was the site of a fatal accident in June that killed 5 workers. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]

When workers died, Tampa Electric vowed to stop doing this. But weeks later, they did it anyway.

TAMPA — After five workers died at Big Bend Power Station, Tampa Electric vowed to immediately stop the kind of work that led to the fatal accident.No one would clean or do maintenance on a slag tank connected to a running boiler, the...
Updated: 3 months ago

Five workers died in an accident at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach.

Congresswoman to OSHA: 'Act swiftly' to fix rules after Tampa Electric power plant accident

TAMPA — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, urged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday to tighten its rules in response to a June accident that killed five workers at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo...
Updated: 3 months ago
Paramedics remove an injured worker from the back of an ambulance outside Tampa General hospital Thursday, April 8, 1999, after he was injured in an explosion at Tampa Electric's Port Sutton plant. [Associated Press]

TECO accounts for nearly half of Florida power plant deaths, data shows

Over the last two decades, more workers have died at Tampa Electric's power plants than at those run by any other Florida utility, the Tampa Bay Times has found.
Updated one month ago