Chiltern cold store manager stars in Observer article

Peterborough, UK: Matt Bennett, industrial freezer team leader at Chiltern Cold Storage, was featured in this weekend’s Observer article called “The coldest jobs in the world”.

The cold store manager told the newspaper: “When you enter, you get a big waft of cold air in your face. The temperature’s between -18C and -25C. But if you’re working at the back when the fans kick in, it feels like -30C. Sometimes you find snowflakes hanging about.”

He said that when he leaves the cold store he stays away from heat to let his fingers defrost by themselves, otherwise there’s a “horrible burning feeling”.

“I started as a warehouse operative and worked my way up,” said Bennett. “I now introduce new staff to the freezer. After 20 minutes some will say: “Nah, not for me, far too cold.” The more you think about it, the more you get cold. If you just focus on the job, you crack on and get it done.”

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