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Man falls into 25-foot hole at St. Petersburg construction site

ST. PETERSBURG — A construction worker fell into a 25-foot hole on Wednesday morning while working at a city wastewater treatment facility at 92nd Avenue North and Third Street.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue officials used a rescue basket to retrieve the 57-year-old man, who was trapped for more than an hour, said Lt. Steven Lawrence.

The man, whose identity was not released, suffered multiple fractures, Lawrence said.

Kloote Contracting Inc., a Palm Harbor company, was preparing to remove the concrete slab that had formerly been part of a building that housed the lift station, Lawrence said.

Plywood boards had been placed over pre-cut holes but had been removed when the man fell into one of the small holes about 9:40 a.m.

Rescue officials were concerned about the possibility of rain, as there already was water in the hole, but were able to get the equipment they needed quickly enough to get the man out, Lawrence said.

The man was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Kloote officials at the scene declined comment.

Man falls into 25-foot hole at St. Petersburg construction site 07/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 4:31pm]
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