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Worker Killed in Vat of Melted Chocolate

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.

Bongarde Editorial

Bongarde Editorial

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