Safety concerns

Woman dies in Atlanta hotel walk-in freezer

(REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

A kitchen worker at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, one of Atlanta’s largest hotels, was found dead in the hotel kitchen’s walk-in freezer on Tuesday, after reportedly being trapped inside for 13 hours. Atlanta police say they found the woman there on Tuesday morning, after starting a search operation when she did not return home after her shift. The woman appeared to have been locked in the freezer around 8pm on Monday night, and police found evidence that the woman had tried to make it out. “It appears that there was some type of mechanism to allow anyone who was inside to be able to exit,” said police lieutenant Charles Hampton, who says he was not sure it had worked properly. “Right now there does not appear to be any foul play.”

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating why the woman might not have been able to get out of the freezer. The hotel released a statement saying they were devastated by the loss of their long-time worker and are cooperating closely with the authorities in their investigation.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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