A temporary worker at Cocoa Services Inc. in Camden, NJ, died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate.
Vincent Smith Jr. and two other workers were loading chocolate into an eight-foot-deep vat while standing on a nine-foot platform. Smith fell through a tank opening into 120F melted chocolate.
Co-workers tried frantically to shut the machine off and pull Smith from the vat, but he was struck and killed instantly by an agitator that mixes the chocolate.
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