Worried Colleagues Raised the alarm at around 1.22am, when he failed to emerge, before finding him inside the freezer
A night shift worker was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at a Tesco supermarket.
The man, who was in his 50s and worked in the bakery section, is thought to have collapsed after entering the huge sub-zero store.
Worried colleagues raised the alarm at 1.22am when he failed to emerge and they discovered him unconscious in the freezer.
Police and paramedics rushed to the store in Thornbury, Glos., but the man was declared dead at the scene.
One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "The body was found at 1am on Tuesday morning.
"He was in the main walk-in food freezer out the back of the store.
"He worked in the bakery section. No-one knows how long he had been in the freezer before he was found.
"Another member of staff found the body and raised the alarm."
The man added: "The store has opened as normal today but the Health and Safety Executive has been called in."
It is understood the man was not locked or trapped in the freezer, but had collapsed while working inside.
South West Ambulance said: "Staff reported to us at 1.22am that a man in his 50s was unconscious and not breathing.
"Unfortunately, he was declared dead at the scene."
Police said the circumstances around the death were not suspicious and a file had been passed to the Avon Coroner.
The Health and Safety Executive said the incident was a matter for South Gloucestershire Council.
The air ambulance was also called, but paramedics first at the scene declared the man dead.
An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said: "We were called at 1.40am to reports that a man had collapsed in a freezer in a store in Midland Way, Thornbury.
"He was declared dead at the scene. The matter has been referred to the coroner as a sudden death. It is not believed to be suspicious."
Writing on Facebook , Tesco worker Elizabeth Saunders said: "He was our baker, he wasn't in the freezer, he was fetching bread out of it.
"It's very sad, everyone is in shock. Nothing suspicious though."
Store manager James Fawbert said: "We were deeply saddened by this news and to have lost a much valued and loved colleague from our store.
"Our thoughts are with his friends and family and we will now come together as a team to support each other through this difficult time."
Source : Mirror.