Dangers in Chocolate
Reuters July 9, 2009, 9:48 am
A man fell into a vat of hot melted chocolate and has died at a factory in New Jersey, a spokesman for the local public prosecutor said.
The 29-year-old man was among four workers on a platform above the vat who were dumping in pieces of solid chocolate to be melted down, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
"He somehow slipped and fell into the vat," Laughlin said.
Laughlin said the vat at the Cocoa Services Inc plant in Camden was around eight feet (2.5 metres) deep.
"At this point there's no suggestion of foul play," Laughlin said.
Laughlin says a co-worker tried to shut off the machine and two others tried to pull Smith out of the 8-foot-deep vat.
He was hit and fatally injured by the agitator that mixes the chocolate.