November 6, 2018
More than two dozen U.S. Congress members have urged the U.S. Postal Service to “strongly consider” implementing climate-control units in all their mail trucks after a postal carrier died in Woodland Hills over the summer from overheating.
U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas, D- Panorama City, spearheaded the call “for the safety of all mail carriers” in an Oct. 26 letter to Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan. About 30 other Congress members also signed the letter.
The call was made less than a month after the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced that Peggy Frank, a 63-year-old Postal Service carrier who was found unresponsive in her non-air-conditioned mail truck on July 6, died of hyperthermia or abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment.
Temperatures reached 117 degrees in Woodland Hills that day.
A spokeswoman for the Postal Service declined to comment to the Southern California News Group. She said the agency would respond directly to the Congress members.“No public service employee should have to bear these conditions,” the letter stated. “The safety of postal workers should be top priority for the USPS.”
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