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Man dies in fall at water reclamation plant in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A 52-year-old man was killed Thursday after falling into a tank at the city's Northwest Water Reclamation Treatment Facility, 7500 26th Ave. N.

He was a subcontracted employee working on the walls inside an empty section of a 5 million-gallon water tank, said Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

He fell 30 feet from a lift to the floor of the tank about 11:15 a.m.

"It appears at this time the victim was not wearing a safety harness while cleaning the tank," police spokesman Mike Puetz said in a news release.

The man's identity was withheld pending notification of his family. Police said he worked for Spectrum Contracting in Naples.

Granata said workers at the plant attempted CPR, and firefighters took over attempts at resuscitation when they arrived.

"He just had unsurvivable trauma," Granata said.

Granata said the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the incident.

By 12:30 p.m., firefighters were surveying the scene to find the best way to remove the man's body. They eventually used a basket to lift it out of the tank.

The accident was not expected to affect operations at the plant.

Man dies in fall at water reclamation plant in St. Petersburg 03/28/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:06pm]
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