OSHA launches investigation after death of US Postal Service worker


MEDFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A U.S. Postal Service employee died Friday while working outside during the heat wave.

James Baldasarre, 45, of Haverhill, collapsed near a hotel on Riverside Avenue in Medford at about 5:40 p.m. Friday. He was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he was pronounced dead, postal service and fire officials told the Boston Globe.

Baldasarre reportedly sent a text to his wife complaining about the excessive heat shortly before he collapsed. Baldasarre, who had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 24 years, reportedly texted, "I'm going to die out here today. It's so hot."

According the National Weather Service, temperatures were well into the 90s Friday.

Following Baldasarre's death, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened up an investigation into the circumstances of his death, reports the newspaper.

For more information: The Boston Globe