Industrial accidents should always be avoided if possible. But every once in a while, something goes wrong at the factory and it’s actually kind of sweet.
That was the case this week when two people fell into a chocolate tank at the M&M/Mars factory in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. According to Penn Live, the individuals were unable to escape the chocolate, which was believed to be about waist-deep. No injuries have been reported but both people were reportedly taken to the hospital.
According to WHTM, first responders were called to the scene to cut a hole in the side of the tank so the two people could get out. A spokesperson for Mars told the news station that they “are actively managing the situation and our primary focus is supporting emergency teams on site.”
The plant manufactures several confections including M&Ms and Dove chocolates. It’s located just south of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Amazingly, this is not the first time in the past calendar year that a chocolate factory has played site to a mishap. According to Newsweek, a woman was hospitalized with a head injury and broken tooth after her colleague at the La Laica factory in Arona, Italy last year hit her over the head with a two-pound chocolate bar. The assault reportedly happened after a prolonged argument about chocolate.
There’s no need to sugar coat it; working at a chocolate factory can be dangerous.
Update: The Lancaster Bureau of Police told Today it had not been notified of any injuries and confirmed the trip to the hospital was likely a precautionary measure.