Worker Dies After Falling Into Vat Of Melted Chocolate

Authorities say a man has died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a New Jersey processing plant.

The Camden County prosecutor's office identified the victim as
29-year-old Vincent Smith II of Camden. He was a temporary worker at the Cocoa Services Inc. plant.

The accident happened Wednesday morning as Smith was loading chocolate into a vat where it's melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy.

Prosecutor's spokesman Jason 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.

Cocoa Services hires a second company -- Lyons and Sons -- to do the mixing.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Weird way to go. Did he get a Oompa-Loompa song at his funeral?
  • by To Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 02:19 AM on Jul 16, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    I have been waiting for someone to say that. I thought it as soon as I heard this on the radio on my way to work!!!
  • by jr Location: bath on Jul 15, 2009 at 03:51 AM
    this death by chocolate was actually predicted many years ago by the smothers brothers. they even wrote a song about it. as a retired president of a mid-sized manufacturing company, i can tell you that safety is more than trying ti lower insurance rates. safety was an constant in my employees' work day. i believe that to be true in 99% of companies.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    Talk about death by chocolate. How ironic would it be if he were a diabetic?
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 13, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    thanks HB
  • by GBHB on Jul 12, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    Tad-that was much better!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 12, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    Clifton, did the bread company fire you? HA! what did you do? Fall asleep in an oven? Try to stop a mixer with your hands and get your arm broke? I have been in a bakery Clifton. Don't try to stop the mixer with your hands, Clifton...."it's like a machine or something....". How'd you like that quote GBoyHB?
  • by lin Location: martin county on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    a worker in a proctor & gamble co up nort, used his hand topush glue chip into a chipper. he lost three finger. when he returned to work, his supervisor, plant manager, safety manager, and plant nurse asked him to show them what happened. he showed them with his other hand and lost two fingers. there was a pusher the workers were to use. most workers did not. like is written in several comments "you can not fix stupid". oh and this is a true story, actual event that occurred about 15 years ago.
  • by GBHB on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    I hate that quote "You can't fix stupid." It is getting just as bad as "Git'r Done." Anyway I like this debate between Clifton and Tadpole. I give the edge to Tadpole despite his quoting of Mr. Ron White.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jul 12, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    If you take away all the safety devices on a job it is still left up to the individual to maintain what?? SAFETY!!!! Safety was "in" before the corporates and government jumped in. ITS A TERM.
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