PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — A Hanover Foods employee passed away on Tuesday in what the York County Coroner described as a workplace death.

The coroner’s office says witnesses reported 59-year-old Allan Offord was found inside a bean hopper around 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday. It’s not known how long he was inside the hopper.

Other employees were able to remove Offord from the hopper, at which point he stood up and attempted to walk before losing consciousness, the coroner’s office reports.

Emergency life-saving measures were taken, however, about an hour later the death was pronounced by the coroner’s office. Offord’s identity was confirmed by the coroner’s office on Wednesday afternoon.

“First, Hanover Foods Corporation wants to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the temporary worker that passed away early this morning at its Hanover canning facility. Hanover Foods Corporation is cooperating with authorities’ investigations.”

Stephanie Kleinfelter
Corporate Counsel
Hanover Foods Corporation

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital and the results are pending additional testing.

The Penn Township Police Department is leading the investigation, and the death has been reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.