The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent a list of recommendations to the company that produces the COPS television show after a crew member was killed by police gunfire during a robbery at an Omaha fast-food restaurant last year.
Video: OSHA makes recommendations to COPS production company after fatal shooting
In a letter to Langley Productions dated last Thursday, OSHA said it would not issue a citation for failing to protect employees from workplace hazards, but provided the following recommendations:
Instruct and train employees on how to orient their bodies so their ballistic vests provide maximum protection when they come under fire.
Instruct and train employees on how to take cover in situations where gunfire is occurring, or can be reasonably anticipated to occur.
Instruct and train employees on how to film and record from a distance in situations where gunfire is occurring, or can be reasonably anticipated to occur.
Instruct and train employees to stay behind police officers, and if an employee gets out of position they must retreat to a place of safety rather than attempting to regain a position to film or record sound.
Instruct and train employees not to accompany law enforcement into crime scenes where camera crews know in advance there is a likelihood that gunfire could be exchanged, including scenes of armed robbery or where suspects are brandishing or are reported to be brandishing weapons.
Remove bonus incentives, which may encourage employees to...
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