A UPS employee says his boss scolded him for taking a sip of water, while others say they suffered from heat exhaustion amid rising temperatures

UPS driver stands behind his truck with packages on a dolly.

UPS drivers have spoken out about working in very high temperatures.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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

  • A UPS employee said his boss had told him that drinking water is a waste of time for the company, according to The City report.

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

A UPS employee has accused his boss of challenging him to pause to drink water amid a scorching heat wave. The city reported on Thursday.

The worker, whose name was not listed in the report, told The City he was reprimanded for stopping to drink water for 47 seconds. The employee told The City his supervisor said it was wasting company time.

Temperatures reached peaks of 95 degrees Fahrenheit in New York last week, making it more difficult for UPS employees to work, some employees told the publication.

Other workers described their struggle to work in the hot weather. A UPS employee, Chris Cappadonna, told the publication that his hands became cramped and that he had difficulty breathing 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 department of a nearby hospital, he added.

According to The City, paramedics had to take care of Nick Gubell, a UPS delivery man 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 that 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 at 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 manage the effects of hot weather. Our parcel delivery vehicles stop frequently, requiring the engine to be turned off and the doors have to be opened and closed, on average about 130 times a day.”

The company said it had taken several measures to reduce the heat in its vans. “We never want our employees to continue working in a way that endangers their health or works in an unsafe manner,” it added.

In similar weather conditions to The City’s report, a UPS driver works in Arizona collapsed at a customer’s front door — the incident was videotaped via a Ring doorbell. A UPS spokesperson previously told Insider that the driver was “well” and received assistance from a manager.

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