A worker died Monday afternoon when he fell into a sugar vat in a Bucks County sugar processing plant and went missing for about an hour, authorities said.
Janio Salinas Valerda, 50, of Edgewater, N.J., was found dead at 2:30 p.m. at the bottom of a large funnel that moves sugar through the CSC Sugar plant in Morrisville, Falls Township, county Coroner Joseph Campbell said.
“It was a giant funnel, and they would go up on top of this hopper and they would try and open the clogs,” Campell said. “I guess somehow or other he fell into the hopper while he was trying to unclog it.
“Apparently, they had trouble with this hopper all day long,” he said.
Valerda’s fellow workers were not sure where he was when they called in a subcontractor to check what was stopping up the funnel, Campbell said.
“The subcontractor came in at 2:30 and they opened up an access port where they can look into the area where the funnel comes down,” the coroner said. “When they opened it up, they saw him in there,” in the sugar.