After years of complaints from drivers and even from members of the community, UPS drivers in upstate New York will soon be getting some relief from the summer heat.

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UPS has finally announced that it will install air conditioning units in all of its delivery vehicles, a move that comes after years of complaints over drivers being forced to work in uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous conditions in non-air conditioned trucks.

According to a statement from UPS, the company will be outfitting all of its delivery trucks in upstate New York and nationwide with air conditioning units by the end of the summer. The company is adding air conditioning to improve the working conditions for its drivers as well as to ensure their safety and comfort on the job.

During the summer months, the temperature inside UPS trucks can reach well over 100 degrees which most certainly puts the drivers at risk of heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses.

Not only can sweltering conditions put UPS delivery workers at health risk, but hot temperatures also make it nearly impossible for drivers to focus on the road and safely operate their trucks.

In addition to adding air conditioning, UPS says it is focusing on other incentives including increased safety training, improved ergonomics, and better scheduling practices.

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