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Construction worker hurt while working on overpass

Published Oct. 18, 2005

A 28-year-old construction worker helping build the overpass at East Lake Road and Tampa Road fell 16 feet in a hole Tuesday afternoon. The hole, about 25 feet deep, will contain the foundation for one of the supports for the overpass. The worker was conscious when he was rescued, and was later in stable condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Tim Eduin of 7950 Park Blvd., Lot 9, Pinellas Park was working in the hole about 3:15 p.m. when he fell off some scaffolding, said East Lake Fire and Rescue Capt. Dennis Hejl.

Three East Lake paramedics climbed into the hole to rescue Eduin, Hejl said. He was brought out about 4:05 p.m. and was taken by Bayflite helicopter to Bayfront, said Sgt. Greg Tita of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department..

Eduin is employed by Misener Marine. The company's president, Ted Knight, said Tuesday he did not want to comment on the accident until he had more details.

Another Misener Marine employee, St. Petersburg resident William D. Heth, died July 6 while working on the overpass. Both the Sheriff's Department and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration still are investigating the death, which has been tentatively labeled a drowning.

The $19.7-million project is designed to improve the traffic flow along McMullen-Booth Road and East Lake Road from Curlew Road to Brooker Creek.

Pinellas County's plans for the project call for a four-lane overpass above the messy intersection of Tampa Road and East Lake Road at the Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal. It then would reconnect with East Lake Road just south of the Brooker Creek bridge.

The overpass is scheduled to be completed within two years.