A federal agency has cited the U.S. Postal Service in the July death of Medford mailman James Baldassare, according to a WCVB report.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined the Postal Service “exposed workers to the recognized hazard of working in excessive heat and failed to implement an adequate heat stress management program to help mail carriers identify, prevent and report symptoms of heat-related illnesses,” according to the report.
The feds have proposed fining the Postal Service the maximum $7,000 fine for such an incident, WCVB reports.
The Postal Service said it has taken steps to prevent future heat-related incidents.
Baldassare, 45, lived in Haverhill. He died July 6, a day after he collapsed.
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