Florence Bi-Lo store worker dies after being struck by falling glass from window

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken said a 21-year-old man died Wednesday after being severely injured by glass on the job Sunday evening.

Von Lutcken says Ryan Hoffman of Lamar worked at the Bi-Lo on Pamplico Highway in Florence and is a Francis Marion University student.

According to Von Lutcken, preliminary findings indicate Hoffman was struck by falling glass from a large window. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time.

BI-LO Regional Vice President Gordon Schmidt released the following statement:

We are deeply grieving for the loss of our friend and associate. This unfortunate accident has left a void in our community, and in our store, and we are doing all that we can to support and respect the privacy of our associate’s family during this difficult time.

The incident is under investigation by the Florence County Coroner’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of South Carolina.

Count on WBTW.com and News13 for more on this developing story as soon as it becomes available.

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