Mars Wrigley Fined After Workers Fall Into Vat of Chocolate

From an AP story headlined “Mars Wrigley fined after workers fall into vat of chocolate”:

Federal workplace safety authorities have fined a Pennsylvania confectionary factory more than $14,500 following an accident in which two workers fell into a vat of chocolate.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Mars Wrigley in the accident at the Elizabethtown M&M/Mars factory, saying the workers were not authorized to work in the tanks and weren’t trained on the proper safety procedures for the equipment.

Officials said two workers fell into the partially filled chocolate tank while doing maintenance work. Emergency responders were able to free the pair by cutting a hole in the bottom of the tank. Both were taken to hospitals, one by helicopter.

A company representative told reporters that the safety of workers and outside contractors “is a top priority for our business.”

“As always, we appreciate OSHA’s collaborative approach to working with us to conduct the after-action review,“ the representative said.

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