NBC News uncovers dangerous working conditions for UPS workers
After July went down in the history books as the hottest month on record, UPS employees are suffering from heat related illnesses.
16 UPS employees who talked to NBC News revealed they’d suffered from heat illness this summer — though there’s no way to tell for sure how many more have.
An NBC News investigation revealed that, between 2015 and 2018, more than 100 UPS employees were hospitalized for heat related illnesses.
That’s more than any other company in the U.S., with the exception of the U.S. Postal Service.
Many of the company’s sorting facilities and trucks are not air conditioned, which can lead to temperatures of up to 150 degrees, according to employees.
UPS, meanwhile, says it has procedures in place to ensure employees stay safe in all weather.
However, many UPS employees told NBC that some managers will ignore protocols or discourage reporting of illnesses.
A UPS spokesperson said he “cannot corroborate the existence of ‘record heat'” because that depends on geography.
UPS also says the amount of packages it processes has gone up, but workload has not.
Meanwhile, FedEx’s contract with Amazon expired, which means UPS will likely get at least some of the 200,000 packages FedEx delivered for Amazon every day.
UPS already handles about a fourth of Amazon’s overall delivery volume.
In order to handle increased deliveries across the board, UPS has announced plans to start delivery every day of the week starting in 2020.