OSHA investigates after worker at Cumberland County plant dies

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- OSHA officials were at the Purolator plant in Cumberland County Tuesday looking into an employee's death.

According to 911 call records, EMS crews were called to the plant site Monday at 11:28 a.m. They were told a 63-year-old woman had collapsed in the plant. She appeared to be dehydrated, and was non-responsive.

The woman was taken to the hospital. A Purolator spokesman said her husband later called the plant and said the woman had died.

Plant management said OSHA is now investigating to see if the woman's death was work-related.

ABC11 received several emails from employees who said the heat inside the plant was nearly intolerable.

The human relations director said it is warm inside the plant, but he said they don't have any air conditioning issues.

A spokesperson at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center said the emergency room has treated 13 people for heat stroke or exhaustion and 221 people treated for dehydration since June 1.

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