Postal worker collapses during heat wave

by on July 16, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

When conditions change, the “normal route” is no longer normal.

A heat wave in the northeastern United States in early July may have claimed the life of a 45-year-old postal worker. James Baldessarre, of Medford, MA, collapsed while on his normal postal rounds. He died later at a local hospital.

Baldessarre had reportedly complained about the heat earlier that day: He texted his wife saying he was going to die “out here” because of the heat. It was 95 degrees with high humidity.

The investigation is ongoing, so it’s not known if the extreme heat caused the death, or triggered an underlying illness.

In any case, the tragedy reminds workers of the risks of working in high heat, including preparation, more rest breaks, access to water and shade, and spotting the warning signs of heat illness.

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