Federal workplace safety officials have cited the US Postal Service in the death of a mail carrier who collapsed while walking his route on a July day when the heat index went over 100 degrees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded that the Postal Service had not implemented an adequate heat stress management program to help mail carriers identify, prevent, and report symptoms of heat-related illnesses, WCVB-TV reported. The Postal Service said in a statement that it disagrees with OSHA’s conclusions. James Baldassarre, 45, of Haverhill had been walking his route in Medford in 94-degree heat July 5 for about five hours and was carrying a bag that could weigh as much as 35 pounds. He collapsed, then died the following day of heat stroke.
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