Two employees were rescued after falling into a half full chocolate tank at a confectionery factory in Pennsylvania while completing maintenance work.
On Thursday, a tense scenario arose at the Mars Wrigley facility in Elizabethtown.
According to the county administrator, the issue began about 2 p.m. Officials aren’t saying how the people became stuck in the chocolate vat.
The workers couldn’t get out on their own since the chocolate in the tank was waist-high. Officials say emergency personnel were able to release the couple by cutting a hole in the tank’s bottom.
At 3:10 p.m., the first victim was removed, followed by the second 15 minutes later. Officials said the two guys work for an outside contracting organization, and it’s unclear how they ended themselves in the tank.
It’s unclear whether either individual was hurt, but they were both brought to hospitals for evaluation. Their identities and the nature of their illnesses were not revealed.
The incident is being investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Due to the current investigation, an OSHA official declined to comment on the case.
The Elizabethtown Fire Department and Mars Wrigley Confectionery Site (the plant where the accident happened) were unavailable for comment on the situation.
The Lancaster Bureau of Police has not been alerted of any injuries received as a result of the event, according to the spokeswoman. Nonetheless, they verified that the trip to the hospital was most likely made as a precaution.
Mars, Incorporated is a global confectionary and pet food company based in the United States. The corporation has 22 production plants in the United States, including the one in Elizabethtown that was involved in the disaster. M&M’s, Snickers, and Twix are among the company’s most well-known confections.