The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Westin fined $12,000 after worker freezes to death

- By Ty Tagami

Carolyn Robinson died in the depths of a hotel kitchen, and for that her former employer must pay a $12,000 fine.

The 61-year-old East Point woman was found dead in a walk-in freezer in March at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

Police didn’t suspect foul play. Police said at the time that the freezer had an exit mechanism and evidence indicated Robinson tried to use it.

Half a year later, the Occupation­al Safety and Health Administra­tion concluded that the hotel violated the federal worker safety act. The penalty for a “serious” violation that led to a worker freezing to death: $12,471.

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