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28 Aug 2023

By Erum Salam, The Guardian (UK)

‘He was dripping with sweat’: Kroger worker dies in hot work conditions in Memphis

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A Kroger distribution center employee has died on the job in Memphis amid hot working conditions, adding to a national debate in the US over the risk to workers during heatwaves.

The worker was identified as Tony Rufus, members from his union announced.

Leaders from Teamsters 667, the local labor union, said Rufus was trying to cool off in the produce section after becoming overheated on Friday night. Rufus worked in the salvage department, a part of the facility that did not have air conditioning. The Memphis police department found Rufus dead at 8.13pm.

“Guys said he was dripping with sweat, asking for water,” union leader Maurice Wiggins told Fox13.

Wiggins said Rufus died on a dock in front of his co-workers. His death comes after his union had been asking the company for more breaks, cooler temperatures and drinks other than just water.

In response to Rufus’s death, Kroger issued a statement: “The safety of our associates has always been our top priority…

The investigation into Rufus’s death continues, according to the Memphis police department.

Unions across the country are demanding better, cooler working conditions as the record-breaking heat felt this summer rages on…