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The World's Most Gory Food Factory Deaths

19 December 2012

The Daily Meal website has listed the world's most tragic and gory food factory deaths. These tragic tales may be unusual but they are certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Death by Soup

The website reports that a factory worker found himself in a steamy situation in 2009 while cleaning out the inside of a soup cauldron. ''The 36-year-old man had climbed inside to clean the massive container at the Erasco Soup Factory in Lübeck, Germany when things went terribly wrong. The lid closed on the cauldron, trapping the man inside and quickly filled with steam as part of the disinfectant process; the man was cooked alive, the Local reported.''

Death by Chocolate

''The term is commonly used for ice creams, cakes, and other various desserts, but for a New Jersey man, death by chocolate was all too real,'' said the website. ''In 2009 an employee at a chocolate processing plant had an unfortunate and tragic accident, which led to his ultimate demise.

''While dumping in raw chocolate, Vincent Smith II, 29, fell into a vat used to melt chocolate. Smith suffered a fatal blow to the head after hitting his head on the vat’s agitator, the paddle used to stir the melting chocolate. Another man on the platform from which Smith fell turned off the machinery, but it was too late and Smith died from his injuries, reported CNN.''

Death by Dough

''After moving to Singapore to make a new life for himself, a Chinese worker had a fatal accident in February 2012 at the Eng Bee Foodstuffs Manufacturing factory where he worked,'' the website said. ''The man in his 20s had been cleaning an industrial-sized mixing machine at Eng Bee Foodstuffs Manufacturing when the machine unexpectedly turned on and caught his leg. The man was crushed in the machine and died.''

Death by Beans
Raymond Segura Jr. had worked for the Kelley Bean Company for more than 12 years when he was involved in a freak accident at the factory in Brush, Colo, the website quoted Reuters as saying. ''The 56-year-old man became trapped beneath a pile of pinto beans in March 2012. It was not clear how Segura became trapped under the pile of beans, but emergency personnel were called to the scene where dozens of men, including four inmates from the county jail, dug through the pile of legumes for an hour to retrieve the man, according to Reuters.''

On reaching Segura, the workers realised he'd already died.

Death by Whisky

The website quotes The Telegraph as telling the story of Brian Ettles, a 46-year-old father of two, had been an employee of The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, for 23 years.

In an apparent suicide, Ettles climbed the ladder of a 16-foot container filled with washback, a mixture of water and yeast that is used in the early stages of whisky distillation, and intentionally jumped in one day in January 2012, according to the Telegraph.

''Paramedics and firefighters found Ettles in the 50,000-gallon tank and pronounced him dead at the scene, one day after his wifes 54th birthday. No suicide note was left,'' said the website.

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