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Union: Extreme heat might have caused 2 construction workers to die on job

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Construction workers on site at Barnes Jewish Hospital (Credit: KMOV) Construction workers on site at Barnes Jewish Hospital (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two deaths on construction sites during the third week of June have some wondering whether the extreme heat could have played a part.

Authorities say a 55-year-old iron worker died on a Monsanto job site and a 49-year-old sheet metal worker died on the MCC site at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

The official cause of deaths have not been released but the construction union says two deaths during triple digit heat raises concerns.

Jeff Aboussie, Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the St. Louis Building and Construction Trade Union said, “The worst thing any union leader can do is have to call a family and say your spouse may not be returning home. It’s definitely a very trying time but again, we’re seeing excessive heat in June that we normally see in the later part of July or August.”

The union is encouraging these job sites to begin earlier in the day before the heat reaches its peak. They are also reminding their members not to take chances, take needed breaks and stay hydrated to prevent overheating.

Monsanto released the following statement following the iron worker's death: 

We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss.  We place the highest priority on the safety of our employees and contractors and we will be cooperating fully with Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials during their investigation into this incident.  While OSHA’s investigation is not final, it appears this incident was not work related.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this contractor.

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