Wednesday, August 10

An urban cleaning worker dies in Madrid due to heat stroke

The Madrid City Council has confirmed this Saturday the death of a 60-year-old cleaning employee as a result of heat stroke he suffered this Friday while working in Puente de Vallecas. The death was recorded at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, the place to which he had been transferred, reports Europa Press.

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The employee of the municipal cleaning service suffered heat stroke around 5:30 p.m. this Friday, when he was working on San Diego Avenue. At that time, Emergencies Madrid received a call from a witness to the fall notifying of a man who had collapsed and was unconscious in the street.

A staff from Samur-Civil Protection went to the area and found the victim, unconscious and with a body temperature of 41.6ºC. Faced with this situation, the health team applied cold ice to his armpits, groin and neck, in addition to giving him cold saline. Seeing that these measures were insufficient for the victim to regain consciousness, Samur intubated the man, who was transferred to the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in serious condition. His death was later confirmed.

The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) recorded 38.9ºC at its Retiro station at the time of the event, the maximum temperature of the day. The city was under an orange warning for high temperatures, a warning that extended from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Both the delegate for the Environment, Borja Carabante, and the opposition parties have lamented the death of the municipal worker and conveyed their condolences to the victim’s relatives.

record heat wave

The city of Madrid is currently experiencing one of the worst heat waves in its history. On Thursday it registered its historical maximum temperature. On that day, Emergencies Madrid treated another heat stroke in a 60-year-old man who, while sitting on a bench in the Plaza del Dos de Mayo (Malasaña), suffered two seizures, which left him with a low level of consciousness. The affected person, whose body temperature had risen to 41.5ºC, was transferred in serious condition to the Jiménez Díaz Foundation after being intubated.

The high heat is also favoring the succession of tropospheric ozone pollution episodes. On Wednesday, ten exceedances of the information thresholds for this substance took place, before whose appearance the practice of exercise outdoors is discouraged.

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