Company fined after worker killed in chocolate

July 30, 2009 8:47:29 AM PDT
Officials have fined a New Jersey factory where a man died in a vat of melting chocolate.

A Municipal Court judge in Camden ordered Lyons & Sons to pay $1,151 for not having a mercantile license.

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Company spokesman Kevin Feeley says management disagrees with the decision because no products were sold at the plant. But Feeley says the company is fully cooperating.

Earlier this month, Vincent Smith II fell into a tank of melting chocolate and was killed after he was hit by a paddle used to stir the chocolate.

The chocolate-melting operation remains suspended while the company works with the Food and Drug Administration to find the best way to dispose of the chocolate in the tank.

Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/

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