Several hours passed before the body of a 33-year-old worker at Beigel’s Bakery in Canarsie was discovered and authorities were contacted.
An employee at a Brooklyn bakery died after being locked inside a walk-in freezer early Thursday morning.
The New York City Police Department’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information reported that authorities responded to a call at 8:46 a.m. and found a 33-year-old male “unconscious and unresponsive” at Beigel’s Bakery in Canarsie.
According to the New York Times, the man became stuck in the freezer at approximately 3 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the spot once emergency personnel arrived at the bakery.
A department representative told PEOPLE that “the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will establish the cause of death.” “At this time, the inquiry continues. Until family notification, the identify of the deceased is unknown.”
Police believe the death looks to be accidental, according to the New York Times, and local station ABC 7 identifies the guy as Mahamadou Dansogo, a Mali father of five.
The man’s body was removed by the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit, the fire department, and a medical examiner, according to a local news station. The victim had become entrapped when the equipment mysteriously went on.
David Greenberger, manager of the bakery, told reporters at ABC 7 that he was “devastated” by the loss. “The family has been informed and our heartfelt condolences have been expressed to them,” he said. Grief counselors are available on-site to provide counseling and support to the family and our staff.
The man’s cause of death has not been identified, a representative for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told the Times, adding that an autopsy will be performed on Friday.
According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, deaths associated with walk-in freezers are unusual, as the report notes.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Safety and Health Statistics, 4,764 persons died on the job in the United States in 2020; 62 of these deaths were attributed to “exposure to temperature extremes.”
According to WPIX, Dansogo worked the night shift at the bakery, and his family and friends said he adored it.
According to its website, the bakery was started in Poland in 1939, relocated to Brooklyn in 1970 after two decades in Manhattan, and opened its 50,000-square-foot location in Canarsie in 2016.
Since 1949, the firm claims to have sold 100 million black-and-white cookies.