Worker killed at Bucks County sugar plant

Posted: February 27, 2013

A worker died after he fell into a sugar hopper Monday afternoon at an industrial plant in Bucks County, authorities said.

Janio Salinas Valerda, 50, of Edgewater, N.J., was pronounced dead at the CSC Sugar plant at 80 Roebling Rd. in Falls Township, said Joseph Campbell, the Bucks County coroner.

The sugar hopper was not functioning correctly, and Valerda apparently was trying to unclog it with a large pole from a catwalk when he fell in, Campbell said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating. CSC did not respond to a request for comment Monday. - Robert Moran

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