The surviving family members of a New Jersey plant worker who died after falling into an industrial-sized vat of cocoa have filed suit against the companies that operate the facility, Lyons & Sons Inc. and Cocoa Services. Vincent Smith, who was a temporary worker at the plant, died on July 8, 2009. While feeding ingredients into the vat, Smith fell into the 8-foot container and was struck on the head by a large rotating blade that is used to mix the cocoa. Smith's family claims that the lack of guardrails and other safety equipment in the area around the vat created unsafe working conditions.
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