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Coroner: Worker killed in fall into lead refining furnace

LYONS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a worker died after falling into a lead refining furnace at an eastern Pennsylvania plant over the weekend. The Berks County coroner’s office said Monday that 30-year-old John Evanoff fell into a refining kettle portion of the furnace shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in East Penn Manufacturing Co. battery plant in Richmond Township. A forensic pathologist said the death was accidental. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating and the company said it is “deeply saddened" and cooperating with the investigation.

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