Worker killed in fall into PA lead refining furnace

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Authorities say a worker died after falling into a lead refining furnace at an eastern Pennsylvania plant.

The Berks County coroner’s office said that 30-year-old John Evanoff fell into a refining kettle portion of the furnace shortly before 11:30 p.m. in East Penn Manufacturing Co. battery plant in Richmond Township.

Emergency crews responded, confirmed that a death had occurred and notified the coroner’s office. Evanoff was pronounced dead a little more than an hour later early Sunday. A forensic pathologist went to the scene and termed the death accidental.

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