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  • UPS employees told The City about the difficulties of working during a heat wave in New York.

  • A UPS employee said his boss told him that sipping water was wasting the company’s time, according to the city report.

  • A UPS spokesperson said drivers are trained to work outdoors and to deal with the heat.

A UPS worker has accused his boss of scolding him for stopping to drink water amid a scorching heat wave, The City reported Thursday.

The worker, whose name was not disclosed in the report, told The City he was reprimanded when he stopped for 47 seconds to sip water. The worker told The City that his supervisor said it was wasting the company’s time.

Temperatures hit highs of 95 degrees Fahrenheit last week in New York City, making it harder for UPS workers to work, some employees told the publication.

Other workers described their difficulty working in hot weather. UPS staff member Chris Cappadonna told the publication that his hands became cramped and he struggled to breathe on July 22 as he tried to carry heavy furniture in the heat .

Cappadonna said he nearly passed out and two city sanitation workers came to help him. Cappadonna then went to the emergency room of a nearby hospital, he added.

According to The City, paramedics had to attend to Nick Gubell, a UPS delivery driver who felt ill at the end of his shift on July 22. Gubell said he had to go to the hospital and miss his shift the next day.

Angelique Dawkins, a UPS driver, told The City she started hyperventilating from the heat and went to a local nail salon to rest. She told the publication that she slept for 20 minutes before getting back behind the wheel.

UPS told Insider in a statement, “The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. UPS drivers are trained to work outdoors and to handle the effects of hot weather. Our delivery vehicles from parcels make frequent stops, requiring the engine to be turned off and the doors to be opened and closed, about 130 times a day on average.”

The company said it has several measures in place to reduce heat in its vans. “We never want our employees to continue working to the point of endangering their health or working in an unsafe manner,” he added.

In weather conditions similar to those described in The City’s report, a UPS driver working in Arizona collapsed outside a customer’s front door – the incident was caught on video via a Ring doorbell. A UPS spokesperson previously told Insider that the driver was doing “well” and had received help from a manager.

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