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Dangerous Business Revisited, A
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Five years ago, FRONTLINE and the New York Times joined forces to investigate death and dismemberment in one of America’s most dangerous industries -- the iron pipe foundry business. One company stood out, the McWane Corporation. It had more health and safety violations than all of its competitors combined, and there were a number of environmental violations as well. In the five years since the original broadcast, federal prosecutors obtained indictments against and juries convicted the company in five cases in four states. Today McWane says it has made a dramatic turnaround and that worker safety and environmental protection are now high priorities. FRONTLINE revisits its original broadcast with correspondent Lowell Bergman who then reports on what has changed at McWane and whether the company has become a less dangerous business.

In A Dangerous Business, FRONTLINE and The New York Times join forces with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in a major investigation of McWane, Inc., one of the most dangerous companies in America. Through interviews with current and former McWane employees, government officials, state and federal criminal investigators and a careful reading of thousands of pages of documents obtained from official files and internal company memos, A Dangerous Business reveals why McWane foundries have amassed more safety violations than all of their major competitors combined. The one-hour documentary investigates the company's environmental violations, including the illegal dumping of waste water, and questions whether current government regulations and penalties are strong enough to deter companies from allowing unsafe working conditions to persist.



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