Worker safety in the hospitality industry is being questioned after a hotel employee in Atlanta was found dead in a walk-in freezer. Investigators believe Carolyn Mangham spent about 13 hours at temperatures below minus 10 Fahrenheit. Her frozen body was found after her husband called the hotel to report her missing. Union representatives said that they have pushed for better alert systems to prevent future accidents. OSHA is proposing about $12,500 in penalties for a serious safety violation in the death. Hotel officials did test the emergency release button in the freezer after the accident and found it to be working, but it did eventually malfunction, requiring testers to pound on the door to let their colleagues know they were trapped. A spokesman for the group that owns the hotel said they plan to contest OSHA’s findings.
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