Video: Thirteen postal workers hospitalized with heat related illness at Chicago’s River North Post Office

According to witnesses, temperatures inside the facility at Ohio and Dearborn were near 100 degrees and they said it has been that way since the middle of the week. Another 23 workers were treated on the scene.

People were working at the facility since 5 a.m. The first one in the ambulance was a supervisor who was throwing up because of the heat. The conditions of those transported are not known.

“You go through the door…you could feel like an oven on and you can’t open windows up there so everybody just started getting dizzy and throwing up, getting sick,” said postal worker Aileen Harris.

“We need to build a brand-new post office with a brand-new air conditioner system and a brand-new heating system,” said postal worker Kenneth Norman.

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13 hospitalized for heat-related illness at River North post office

9 thoughts on “Video: Thirteen postal workers hospitalized with heat related illness at Chicago’s River North Post Office

  1. The Cleveland, OH plant is incredibly hot. Our new plant manager told us to take our fans home or they’d be confiscated. Meanwhile people are exhausted and nauseous. It’s not right.

  2. On the new scanners, if you press the red button, then D and 7, hit enter it shows the temp. In our trucks in the South for the past several weeks the temp has hit about 115. Suck it up buttercup.

  3. Really?! Chicago?! Wow, think about what we have to go through in the South…. like Texas!!!! 110-120s

  4. The bad part is that those outside that facility who can do something about the lack of A/C are in their comfy air conditioned offices and couldn’t give a rat’s ass less. If that building is that bad, management could, while a new building was constructed, in addition to fixing the A/C consider renting out a building somewhere in the interim where the interior climate works. We city carriers deal with the extreme heat all day, and if the thermometer hits 90 degrees, the pavement and asphalt we drive on or walk across is probably at least 30 degrees hotter, and the inside of the LLV’s are ovens, with no way for the air to circulate from front to back, leaving us instead with a weak dash fan that blows hot air. I know A/C in LLV’s is not practical, but we could use some adjustable windows in the loading area to help keep air moving from front to rear. All we have now are those pathetic little grates at the top of the back deck that are worthless. Rain comes in through the windshields, the doors are not watertight, and we’re basically stuck with a fleet of piece of shit junkers. Eight years to replace this death traps? WTF?
    Now get off your asses, management and get some relief to these facilities that are falling apart, too.

  5. The Postal Service should not worry about employee safety, just make sure their scanners don’t over heat. And be extra certain that the Postal limos air conditioners work!

  6. Didn’t the postmaster supply Gatorade or water? Rent some industrial fans? I bet his office is cold!?! It’s Saturday, who works on the weekend?

    • The Cleveland, OH plant is incredibly hot. Our new plant manager told us to take our fans home or they’d be confiscated. Meanwhile people are exhausted and nauseous. It’s not right.

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