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Arizona postal worker cooks steak on mail truck dashboard

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An Arizona postal worker cooked a steak on their mail truck’s dashboard to highlight the extreme heat they have to endure.

An anonymous postal worker in Phoenix has sent daily temperature reading updates to Arizona State Representative Shawnna Bolick that average 128 degrees, local ABC affiliate KNXV reported.

That worker even used their dashboard to cook a steak to an internal temperature of 142 degrees, which is almost medium rare.

Now Bolick is calling for an investigation into the potentially dangerous working conditions.

She sent a letter to American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimonstein urging him to investigate the potentially dangerous working conditions for Arizona mail carriers.

“It is shocking to hear of postal workers having to endure the extreme Arizona temperatures that result in delivery trucks, many of which do not have air conditioning, regularly reaching above 128 degrees,” Bolick wrote. “Working conditions must be improved immediately to ensure the safety of mail carriers subjected to these dangerous temperatures.”

She said several Phoenix area postal workers have been taken to the hospital recently after becoming disoriented on their routes, KNXV reported.

The U.S. Postal Service issued a statement regarding Bolick’s concerns.

“We want to emphasize the Postal Service works to protect its employees all year through a strong health and safety program. This includes instructions on messaging through the handheld carrier scanners, frequent service talks on recognizing heat illnesses and taking shade or hydration, and street supervision that checks on carriers during the day. Our letter carriers work hard and we appreciate that effort in all conditions.”

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