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The Berks County coroner's office Monday said a Shillington man was the worker killed Saturday in an industrial accident over the weekend at East Penn Manufacturing Co. near Lyons.

John M. Evanoff, 30, fell into a refining kettle shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the battery plant along Fleetwood Lyons Road in Richmond Township, Acting Coroner Jonn M. Hollenbach said in a news release.

Emergency crews responded, confirmed a death had occurred and notified the coroner’s office.

Deputy Coroner Sarah Shiver and Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner Kevin Neiswender responded. Shivers pronounced Evanoff dead at 12:42 a.m. Sunday.

Dr. Neil Hoffman, a forensic pathologic, made an unusual on-scene visit. He determined the death to be accidental.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun an investigation of the accident.

East Penn Manufacturing released the following statement Monday morning:

"We are deeply saddened to report a tragic accident that resulted in the death of an employee of East Penn Manufacturing. The incident occurred on Saturday night, March 6, 2021, at the smelter facility on our Lyon Station campus.

"East Penn is working closely with OSHA and local authorities on a full investigation into the cause of the accident.

"Our deepest condolences and sympathies go to the family, friends, and loved ones. Our hearts are tremendously grieved by this tragic and terrible loss."

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