Video: Postal workers find new ways to beat the heat

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)–This hot weather makes you want to stay inside all day.

But for some folks, their jobs require them to be outside.

From door to door and mailbox to mailbox, postal workers do their jobs even when the temperatures are scorching.

“It can be tiresome,” local mail carrier Shawn Vansell said.”It definitely wears you out by the end of the day.”

Vansell’s been delivering mail in Jacksonville for 18 years and knows a thing or two about beating the heat.

“When you’re out here six, seven hours a day, you just have to take the precautions,” Vansell said. “I utilize the shade whenever I can. Like parking in the shade so the truck doesn’t get too hot when I go back in, or when I’m walking I’ll try to utilize the shade as much as I can.” Read more at WNCT

5 Responses to "Video: Postal workers find new ways to beat the heat"

  1. Bill   July 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    399 stops? Seriously?

  2. kool breeze   July 23, 2017 at 6:11 am

    my trick is to fantasize the new trucks will have a.c.

  3. Safety Captain   July 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Why did he scan the package inside the truck? It’s supposed to be scanned at the point of delivery. The GPS coordinates will put it at the street not the house.

  4. Joseph A. Della Ferra   July 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I was a letter carrier in Belleville, NJ for 22 years. One hot and humid day, I drank all of the gallon of water which I brought for work. When I stopped at a store on my mail route for an iced tea, my supervisor, Deborah Fortunato, of Nutley, NJ, asked what I was doing. I explained that I felt like I was going to pass out from the heat; and I dropped off the outgoing mail into the mailbox in front of the store for pick up. Fortunato issued a disciplinary notice to me for “deviating from my designated route.” The store was on my route. I am Joseph A. Della Ferra

  5. Joseph A. Della Ferra   July 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Elizabeth Tew, I jumped into my customers’ pools during my lunch break. My letter carrier always receives a cold drink from me. I have an interesting story for you

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