Mars Wrigley fined $14,000 after workers fall into chocolate vat

WASHINGTON D.C.: Following an accident in June last year in which two workers fell into a vat of chocolate, federal workplace safety authorities have fined Mars Wrigley more than $14,500.

The workers were not authorized to work in the tanks and were not trained on proper safety procedures for the equipment they were using, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.

The two workers, who were employed by an outside contracting firm, fell into the chocolate tank while performing maintenance work. Emergency responders rescued the workers by cutting a hole in the bottom of the tank. Both workers were taken to hospitals, one by helicopter.

Last week, a company representative told reporters, "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."