Economy Heat takes down more UPS workers during hottest summer ever

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Economy Heat takes down more UPS workers during hottest summer ever - NBC News

    July was officially the hottest month on record, and in the scorching sun, UPS workers have convulsed, fainted and landed in the emergency room with heat-induced kidney failure, interviews and medical records show.

    Sixteen employees of the delivery company told NBC News they have suffered heat illnesses so far this summer, highlighting the continued hazards UPS workers face as workloads ramp up in record temperatures.

    Last month, an NBC News investigation revealed that more than 100 UPS employees were hospitalized for serious heat-related injuries between 2015 and 2018, more than any other company in the country except the U.S. Postal Service. UPS, which has almost 400,000 employees, 74,000 of them delivery drivers, does not air condition most of its warehouses or its brown delivery trucks, whose cargo areas can reach 150 degrees, drivers said.
  2. BlackCat

    BlackCat Active Member

    Steve Gaut, vice president of public relations at UPS, said the amount of freight has increased this summer, but the workload has not. He also said he "cannot corroborate the existence of 'record heat'" this summer, "as this is dependent on the geographic location of the employee and the period in question."

    Steve Gaut takes scumbag to a different level.
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  3. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Last night it was bad. The AC was blowing so hard in my tractor it was making my eyes water. Very dangerous.
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  4. BlackCat

    BlackCat Active Member

    I might need to have a talk with the bean counters at UPS.

    Think of the money that could be saved by removing AC from those rigs.
  5. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Let me know so I know not to buy any more brown summer sweaters .
  6. BlackCat

    BlackCat Active Member

    I wish someone in the media would call these guys out on their blatant dishonesty.
  7. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    Our hub was pretty proactive with this .Plenty of fans , doors open , free gatorade , and workers were allowed to take a break whenever they needed to.

    It wasn't always like this. We had our share of emergencies but the last 5 years we have had a very good Center Manager.
  8. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    If OSHA did an actual surprise visit they would shut down our hub faster than I shut down threads !
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  9. tadpole

    tadpole Active Member

    What is “Economy Heat”?
  10. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

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  11. Wrong

    Wrong :))

    When it’s a 100+ degrees outside feel free to take a couple paid breaks standing in the ac for 10 or so minutes just drinking water. You can’t fault the company because people don’t do this. I’ve never once been told anything about it and I file 9.5’s on them so they tend to be questioning of me and my times.
  12. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Born in AZ, but have lived far north of there my whole adult life. Go back occasionally to see family, always in the summer it seems, and can’t imagine surviving UPS down there! Retired now but back in the day I’d take our winters over that heat, especially in a brown truck! I could always put on more layers to deal with the cold but there’s only so much you can take off without getting into trouble!
  13. BlackCat

    BlackCat Active Member

    Yeah, it is not fun.
  14. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Powder up the boys .