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Man rescued after falling into 20-foot hole in St. Pete


Published:   |   Updated: July 9, 2014 at 01:19 PM

A 57-year-old construction worker sustained multiple fractures Wednesday morning after falling into a 20-foot-deep hole at a St. Petersburg utility lift station, officials said.

The man, whose named was not released, accidentally fell through a 2-by-2-foot opening that typically had a plywood covering, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue spokesman Lt. Steve Lawrence said.

Rescue crews were called at 9:40 a.m. to the facility, at 92nd Avenue and Third Street North, Lawrence said. The property is part of the city’s wastewater system.

It took St. Petersburg Fire Rescue about an hour to free the man, Lawrence said.

Because of the small entry space, a heavy rescue specialty team used a tripod system, which had a cable wire attached to pull the man up, Lawrence said.

During the rescue, the hole was also monitored for hazardous materials and air levels.

The man works for Kloote Construction, which was contracted to rebuild the lift station.

He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in stable condition.

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