NBC News: Some UPS Drivers Face Health Risks In Trucks Without Air Conditioning | NBC Nightly News

NBC News: Some UPS Drivers Face Health Risks In Trucks Without Air Conditioning | NBC Nightly News



SUMMERS LIKE THIS ONE, CYNTHIA McFADDEN DISCOVERED SOME OF THE CYNTHIA McFADDEN DISCOVERED SOME OF THE PEOPLE DELIVERING THE DISCOVERED SOME OF THE PEOPLE DELIVERING THE PACKAGES ARE PEOPLE DELIVERING THE PACKAGES ARE STRUGGLING. PACKAGES ARE STRUGGLING. >> Reporter: UPS STRUGGLING. >> Reporter: UPS DRIVER JIM CLINK COULD >> Reporter: UPS DRIVER JIM CLINK COULD HAVE LOST HIS LIFE. DRIVER JIM CLINK COULD HAVE LOST HIS LIFE. >> MY VISION WAS HAVE LOST HIS LIFE. >> MY VISION WAS PLURD. >> MY VISION WAS PLURD. I WAS SEEING STARS. PLURD. I WAS SEEING STARS. I WAS THROWING UP. I WAS SEEING STARS. I WAS THROWING UP. I JUST HONESTLY COULD I WAS THROWING UP. I JUST HONESTLY COULD NOT DRIVE THAT VEHICLE I JUST HONESTLY COULD NOT DRIVE THAT VEHICLE SAFELY ANYMORE. NOT DRIVE THAT VEHICLE SAFELY ANYMORE. >> Reporter: HIS WIFE SAFELY ANYMORE. >> Reporter: HIS WIFE THERESA — >> Reporter: HIS WIFE THERESA — >> I AM A NURSE AND I THERESA — >> I AM A NURSE AND I WAS TERRIFIED. >> I AM A NURSE AND I WAS TERRIFIED. >> Reporter: CLINK HAS WAS TERRIFIED. >> Reporter: CLINK HAS WORKED FOR UPS FOR >> Reporter: CLINK HAS WORKED FOR UPS FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS. WORKED FOR UPS FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS. >> IT’S A VERY GOOD ALMOST 15 YEARS. >> IT’S A VERY GOOD JOB. >> IT’S A VERY GOOD JOB. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I JOB. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I LOVE THE WORK I HAVE AS A MATTER OF FACT, I LOVE THE WORK I HAVE DONE FOR UPS. LOVE THE WORK I HAVE DONE FOR UPS. >> Reporter: BUT EVERY DONE FOR UPS. >> Reporter: BUT EVERY SUMMER HE DREADED THE >> Reporter: BUT EVERY SUMMER HE DREADED THE HEAT. SUMMER HE DREADED THE HEAT. >> THE CARGO AREA HEAT. >> THE CARGO AREA WHERE ALL THE PACKS >> THE CARGO AREA WHERE ALL THE PACKS PACK WHERE ALL THE PACKS PACK PACKAGES ARE KEPT IS PACK PACKAGES ARE KEPT IS LIKE OPENING UP A BIG PACKAGES ARE KEPT IS LIKE OPENING UP A BIG OVEN AND WALKING INTO LIKE OPENING UP A BIG OVEN AND WALKING INTO IT. OVEN AND WALKING INTO IT. >> Reporter: CLINK IT. >> Reporter: CLINK LIVES IN NEW JERSEY, >> Reporter: CLINK LIVES IN NEW JERSEY, BUT WE DISCOVERED IT’S LIVES IN NEW JERSEY, BUT WE DISCOVERED IT’S HAPPENING ALL OVER THE BUT WE DISCOVERED IT’S HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. UPS PACKAGE TRUCKS ARE COUNTRY. UPS PACKAGE TRUCKS ARE NOT AIR-CONDITIONED UPS PACKAGE TRUCKS ARE NOT AIR-CONDITIONED AND DRIVERS SAY THE NOT AIR-CONDITIONED AND DRIVERS SAY THE CARGO AREA CAN REACH AND DRIVERS SAY THE CARGO AREA CAN REACH TEMPERATURES UP TO 152 CARGO AREA CAN REACH TEMPERATURES UP TO 152 DEGREES. TEMPERATURES UP TO 152 DEGREES. ONE WEEK IN AUGUST DEGREES. ONE WEEK IN AUGUST 2016 CLINK SAYS THE ONE WEEK IN AUGUST 2016 CLINK SAYS THE HEAT BECAME 2016 CLINK SAYS THE HEAT BECAME UNBEARABLE. HEAT BECAME UNBEARABLE. >> I DIDN’T WANT TO UNBEARABLE. >> I DIDN’T WANT TO BE, YOU KNOW, THE >> I DIDN’T WANT TO BE, YOU KNOW, THE COMPLAINER. BE, YOU KNOW, THE COMPLAINER. SO I JUST WORKED. COMPLAINER. SO I JUST WORKED. >> SO I JUST WORKED. >> >>. >> >>. >> Reporter: EVEN >>. >> Reporter: EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE LIGHT >> Reporter: EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE LIGHT HEADED? THOUGH YOU WERE LIGHT HEADED? >> YEAH. HEADED? >> YEAH. >> Reporter: THE NEXT >> YEAH. >> Reporter: THE NEXT MORNING HE CALLED IN >> Reporter: THE NEXT MORNING HE CALLED IN SICK AND ENDED UP IN MORNING HE CALLED IN SICK AND ENDED UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. SICK AND ENDED UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. YOUR KIDNEYS ARE THE EMERGENCY ROOM. YOUR KIDNEYS ARE FAILING? YOUR KIDNEYS ARE FAILING? YOU ALMOST DIED? FAILING? YOU ALMOST DIED? >> YES. YOU ALMOST DIED? >> YES. >> Reporter: HE IS NOT >> YES. >> Reporter: HE IS NOT ALONE. >> Reporter: HE IS NOT ALONE. A NBC NEWS ANALYSIS OF ALONE. A NBC NEWS ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL AND STATE DATA A NBC NEWS ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL AND STATE DATA FOUND 107 REPORTS IN FEDERAL AND STATE DATA FOUND 107 REPORTS IN 23 STATES OF UPS FOUND 107 REPORTS IN 23 STATES OF UPS EMPLOYEES BEING 23 STATES OF UPS EMPLOYEES BEING ADMITTED TO THE EMPLOYEES BEING ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR SERIOUS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR SERIOUS HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES HOSPITAL FOR SERIOUS HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES SINCE 2015. HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES SINCE 2015. UPS DECLINED OUR SINCE 2015. UPS DECLINED OUR REQUEST FOR AN UPS DECLINED OUR REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW, BUT IN A REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW, BUT IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT TOLD INTERVIEW, BUT IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT TOLD US, THIS IS A SMALL WRITTEN STATEMENT TOLD US, THIS IS A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THEIR US, THIS IS A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THEIR WORK FORCE AND SAYS PERCENTAGE OF THEIR WORK FORCE AND SAYS THAT SOME INJURIES ARE WORK FORCE AND SAYS THAT SOME INJURIES ARE CAUSED BY WORKERS’ THAT SOME INJURIES ARE CAUSED BY WORKERS’ PERSONAL MEDICAL CAUSED BY WORKERS’ PERSONAL MEDICAL ISSUES. PERSONAL MEDICAL ISSUES. TWO FORMER DEPARTMENT ISSUES. TWO FORMER DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OFFICIALS SAY TWO FORMER DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OFFICIALS SAY THEY BELIEVE THE OF LABOR OFFICIALS SAY THEY BELIEVE THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF THEY BELIEVE THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF INJURIES IS MUCH ACTUAL NUMBER OF INJURIES IS MUCH HIGHER. INJURIES IS MUCH HIGHER. >> IT’S CLEARLY A BIG HIGHER. >> IT’S CLEARLY A BIG PROBLEM. >> IT’S CLEARLY A BIG PROBLEM. >> Reporter: DAVID PROBLEM. >> Reporter: DAVID MICHAELS RAN OSHA, THE >> Reporter: DAVID MICHAELS RAN OSHA, THE WORKER SAFETY AGENCY MICHAELS RAN OSHA, THE WORKER SAFETY AGENCY FOR EIGHT YEARS UNDER WORKER SAFETY AGENCY FOR EIGHT YEARS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. FOR EIGHT YEARS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. >> OBVIOUSLY, PRESIDENT OBAMA. >> OBVIOUSLY, AMERICANS WANT THEIR >> OBVIOUSLY, AMERICANS WANT THEIR PACKAGES DELIVERED, AMERICANS WANT THEIR PACKAGES DELIVERED, BUT THEY DON’T WANT PACKAGES DELIVERED, BUT THEY DON’T WANT WORKERS TO GET HURT. BUT THEY DON’T WANT WORKERS TO GET HURT. UPS IS A LARGE WORKERS TO GET HURT. UPS IS A LARGE COMPANY. UPS IS A LARGE COMPANY. THEY CAN AFFORD TO COMPANY. THEY CAN AFFORD TO MAKE SURE THE WORKERS THEY CAN AFFORD TO MAKE SURE THE WORKERS AREN’T HURT. MAKE SURE THE WORKERS AREN’T HURT. >> Reporter: HE ADMITS AREN’T HURT. >> Reporter: HE ADMITS HE WAS NEVER ABLE TO >> Reporter: HE ADMITS HE WAS NEVER ABLE TO PASS A HEAT RULE WHILE HE WAS NEVER ABLE TO PASS A HEAT RULE WHILE HE LED THE AGENCY, BUT PASS A HEAT RULE WHILE HE LED THE AGENCY, BUT SAYS IT NEEDS TO HE LED THE AGENCY, BUT SAYS IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW. SAYS IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW. >> IF NOTHING IS DONE, HAPPEN NOW. >> IF NOTHING IS DONE, WE WILL HAVE WORKERS >> IF NOTHING IS DONE, WE WILL HAVE WORKERS WORKING HARDER AND WE WILL HAVE WORKERS WORKING HARDER AND FASTER IN 100 WORKING HARDER AND FASTER IN 100 TEMPERATURES AND THEY FASTER IN 100 TEMPERATURES AND THEY WILL BE HOSPITALIZED. TEMPERATURES AND THEY WILL BE HOSPITALIZED. >> Reporter: WE SPOKE WILL BE HOSPITALIZED. >> Reporter: WE SPOKE TO 20 UPS DRIVERS IN >> Reporter: WE SPOKE TO 20 UPS DRIVERS IN 11 STATES WHO WERE TO 20 UPS DRIVERS IN 11 STATES WHO WERE INJURED OR SPOKE OUT 11 STATES WHO WERE INJURED OR SPOKE OUT ABOUT THE HEAT. INJURED OR SPOKE OUT ABOUT THE HEAT. MANY TOLD US THEY ABOUT THE HEAT. MANY TOLD US THEY LIKED THEIR JOBS BUT MANY TOLD US THEY LIKED THEIR JOBS BUT FEARED RETALIATION IF LIKED THEIR JOBS BUT FEARED RETALIATION IF THEY CLAIMED OR TOOK FEARED RETALIATION IF THEY CLAIMED OR TOOK EXTRA BREAKS IN PART THEY CLAIMED OR TOOK EXTRA BREAKS IN PART BECAUSE THEY ARE EXTRA BREAKS IN PART BECAUSE THEY ARE CONSTANTLY MONITORED BECAUSE THEY ARE CONSTANTLY MONITORED >> THE COMPANY KNOWS CONSTANTLY MONITORED >> THE COMPANY KNOWS WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR >> THE COMPANY KNOWS WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR SEATBELT ON, HOW FAST WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR SEATBELT ON, HOW FAST YOU’RE GOING. SEATBELT ON, HOW FAST YOU’RE GOING. >> Reporter: UPS TOLD YOU’RE GOING. >> Reporter: UPS TOLD NBC NEWS IT BELIEVES >> Reporter: UPS TOLD NBC NEWS IT BELIEVES AIR-CONDITIONING WOULD NBC NEWS IT BELIEVES AIR-CONDITIONING WOULD BE INEFFECTIVE IN THE AIR-CONDITIONING WOULD BE INEFFECTIVE IN THE TRUCKS, SAID IT BE INEFFECTIVE IN THE TRUCKS, SAID IT ENCOURAGES DRIVERS TO TRUCKS, SAID IT ENCOURAGES DRIVERS TO DRINK WATER AND REST ENCOURAGES DRIVERS TO DRINK WATER AND REST AND PROVIDES EMPLOYEES DRINK WATER AND REST AND PROVIDES EMPLOYEES EXTENSIVE HEALTH AND AND PROVIDES EMPLOYEES EXTENSIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING. EXTENSIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING. >> IT’S EASY TO GIVE SAFETY TRAINING. >> IT’S EASY TO GIVE THE ADVICE. >> IT’S EASY TO GIVE THE ADVICE. IF THE EMPLOYER THE ADVICE. IF THE EMPLOYER DOESN’T I HAVESAY YOU HAVE IF THE EMPLOYER DOESN’T I HAVESAY YOU HAVE THE TIME TO DO IT AND DOESN’T I HAVESAY YOU HAVE THE TIME TO DO IT AND WE POENT PENALIZE YOU THE TIME TO DO IT AND WE POENT PENALIZE YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME, WE POENT PENALIZE YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME, SOME OF THEM WILL BE FOR TAKING THE TIME, SOME OF THEM WILL BE HOSPITALIZED. SOME OF THEM WILL BE HOSPITALIZED. SADLY, A FEW OF THEM HOSPITALIZED. SADLY, A FEW OF THEM MAY DAY. SADLY, A FEW OF THEM MAY DAY. >> YOU SAID THE MAY DAY. >> YOU SAID THE COMPANY THINKS THE >> YOU SAID THE COMPANY THINKS THE AIR-CONDITIONING WOULD COMPANY THINKS THE AIR-CONDITIONING WOULD BE INEFFECTIVE. AIR-CONDITIONING WOULD BE INEFFECTIVE. IS IT SOMETHING THEY BE INEFFECTIVE. IS IT SOMETHING THEY ARE CONSIDERING? IS IT SOMETHING THEY ARE CONSIDERING? >> THE COMPANY MADE ARE CONSIDERING? >> THE COMPANY MADE ALMOST $5 BILLION IN >> THE COMPANY MADE ALMOST $5 BILLION IN PROFITS LAST YEAR. ALMOST $5 BILLION IN PROFITS LAST YEAR. THEY SAY IT HASN’T PROFITS LAST YEAR. THEY SAY IT HASN’T CALCULATED THE COST OF THEY SAY IT HASN’T CALCULATED THE COST OF AIR-CONDITIONING CALCULATED THE COST OF AIR-CONDITIONING BECAUSE THEY SAY IT AIR-CONDITIONING BECAUSE THEY SAY IT WOULDN’T BE EFFECTIVE BECAUSE THEY SAY IT WOULDN’T BE EFFECTIVE SINCE THE TRUCKS MAKE WOULDN’T BE EFFECTIVE SINCE THE TRUCKS MAKE FREQUENT STOPS AND THE SINCE THE TRUCKS MAKE FREQUENT STOPS AND THE DOORS ARE OFTEN OPEN. FREQUENT STOPS AND THE DOORS ARE OFTEN OPEN. SOME EXPERTS SAY THERE DOORS ARE OFTEN OPEN. SOME EXPERTS SAY THERE COULD BE OTHER SOME EXPERTS SAY THERE COULD BE OTHER SOLUTIONS LIKE COULD BE OTHER SOLUTIONS LIKE ALLOWING MORE TIME FOR SOLUTIONS LIKE ALLOWING MORE TIME FOR BREAKS WHEN ALLOWING MORE TIME FOR BREAKS WHEN TEMPERATURES RISE TO BREAKS WHEN TEMPERATURES RISE TO DANGEROUS LEVELS. TEMPERATURES RISE TO DANGEROUS LEVELS. AS FOR JIM DRINK DANGEROUS LEVELS. AS FOR JIM DRINK CLINK, HE SAID HE IS

37 thoughts on “NBC News: Some UPS Drivers Face Health Risks In Trucks Without Air Conditioning | NBC Nightly News”

  1. We need A/C! Especially in Arizona?! Flowers, chocolates, candles, can you imagine how these products look after we drop them off in the summer time? This job is definitely not for everyone. Not complaining here, just wish we had a/c or better ventilation in the cargo area. Other than this issue, great company with good pay and benefits.

  2. My UPS driver does our pick up which sometimes includes 100 lb. boxes. I try to offer water when he comes by. He always tells us how the back is 20 degrees hotter and UPS does not provide cooling equipment.

  3. These companies don’t care about their employees, if all employees stand united, and fight back it will all be settled. Unrealistic delivery times, and when cargo is late from the cargo plane, you’re not going to makeup that lost time on the road. The driver is the most important package on the vehicle.

  4. Ithis guy has air conditioning! It's only in the cargo area his temps are 130…i drive a switcher at Ford in Detroit, I sit on top of the engine,it's 127-139 degrees

  5. Well quit then…. Get another job!! If you can die from this. The job is not worth it!!! Life is first… Always……..

  6. FYI your UPS delivery was TORCHED by 160 degree HEAT so much for that collection of rare 8-track tapes you ordered.

  7. First step might be to abandon their trademark brown, as dark colors absorb sunlight while lighter ones reflect it. Secondly, don't US postal trucks have a/c? What about garbage trucks? I would think they make many more frequent stops than UPS, and I've never heard of any of their drivers perishing from heat exhaustion.

  8. I'm a ups driver. When I collapse and die on my steering wheel they will kick my carcass out of the seat and replace me. It's all about the Benjamins.

  9. I worked in the same style truck for a uniform rental company. You can burn your hands on the sides in the summer and the floors would freeze in the winter. What I say is tuff luck, don’t like working in a hot truck, change your job.

  10. I remember back in 03 this driver I was friends with said they don't put AC in them because they want you always on the move…no joke

  11. No air in front or back. It’s easy to tell someone to drink water and be safe but that is not a realistic option for the demands ups places on its employees. Preaching safety first does not make the heat go away.

  12. the same goes for the majority of united states postal trucks..those carriers are driving in old worn out one fan bladed trucks

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