As a nurse of 20 years, I’ve seen dozens of patients who have suffered from heat stroke. Last summer, my husband -- a UPS delivery driver -- was one of them.
In all but one state, UPS does not provide air conditioning for their drivers -- even in the blistering summer heat. Join me in demanding that UPS keep their employees safe by adding AC to their delivery trucks.
After several days of working in the humid August heat in 2016, my husband woke up feeling ill. Hours later, he was in the emergency room and his kidneys were failing. My husband was re-hydrated and stabilized by a team of doctors. He was one of the lucky ones.
Drivers like my husband are at incredibly high risk during summer months, when temperatures in their trucks can climb to 180 degrees. As a result, they can face dehydration and heat stroke, which can have life-threatening consequences.
Because UPS won’t protect their employees, drivers like my husband are forced to protect themselves. He tries to save his vacation for the hottest weeks of the year, but it’s nearly impossible to predict. After 14 years as a dedicated employee of UPS, I can’t believe my husband has to worry about his safety at work.
UPS: We know you care about your service, now show us that you also care about your people. No one should have to go to work not knowing if they are going to make it home.
Sign now to demand that UPS protect their employees.