Aug 31, 2023

Pret a Manger fined over London worker stuck in freezer

Pret A Manger has been fined £800,000 after a worker was stuck in a walk-in freezer for two and a half hours. Westminster City Council, which investigated the incident, said the worker became trapped in the freezer, which typically had its temperature set at -18C, at the chain's Victoria coach station shop on 29 July that year. An investigation found there was no suitable risk assessment for employees working in temperature-controlled environments. On one occasion at the same remote kitchen, a worker became stuck in the walk-in freezer after being unable to open the door from the inside. A Pret A Manger spokesman said: "We have carried out a full review and have worked with the manufacturer to develop a solution to stop this from happening again.

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