Dangerous Workplace Sickness Thirteen Post Office Workers
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Thirteen Chicago post office employees were hospitalized for heat-related
illnesses on Saturday morning. According to officials, almost a dozen ambulances
responded to the post office located at W Ohio and N Dearborn Streets
around 8 a.m. The Chicago Fire Department reports thirteen people were
taken to nearby hospitals for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stress.
Twenty-three other post office employees refused medical treatment on
According to the U.S. Postal Service, the air conditioning in the building
was broken and it was over 100 degrees inside the facility, which housed
135 employees. Several postal workers were seen standing outside of the
building or inside a cooling bus after the postal building was evacuated.
One postal worker claimed two people were vomiting. Another claimed a
postal supervisor passed out and was taken away in an ambulance. Employees
were allowed to collect their belongings and relocate to continue working
at the main post office at Harrison and Canal Streets in the South Loop.
Employees were also allowed to go home, according to a spokesperson. The
post office released a statement saying their priority is a safe working
environment for employees, and they are sorry for any delay in mail service.
This post office building will remain closed through Monday.
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