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Recoiling hose caused worker’s fatal fall into St. Pete tank

Published:   |   Updated: March 29, 2013 at 01:31 PM

A recoiling pressurized hose was cited as the cause of a worker’s fatal 30-foot plunge into a tank at a St. Petersburg water treatment plant.

On Friday, police released more details in the death of Homero Levario Juarez, 52, of Lehigh, a subcontractor at the city’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

Juarez, who worked for Spectrum Contracting in Naples, was inside the basket of a scissor lift operating a pressurized liquid concrete hose Thursday morning, police said.

The hose recoiled and knocked him to the concrete floor of the water tank, police said.

Juarez was wearing a safety harness, but police said it was not secured to the basket.

At the time, workers were resurfacing the inside wall of the aerator tank, which is about 250 feet long and 70 feet wide, authorities said.

Juarez was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived. CPR was performed until paramedics concluded he could not survive, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue said.

The man died from “unsurvivable trauma,” although a cause of death has not been determined, officials said.

No criminal charges were expected to be filed, police said.

The water treatment plant, at 7500 26th Ave. N., remains operational.

The part of the tank where Juarez was working had been drained for maintenance.

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