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Worker falls to his death at St. Petersburg water plant

Published:   |   Updated: March 28, 2013 at 07:17 PM
ST. PETERSBURG -

A maintenance worker fell to his death today at the city’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

St. Pete Fire Rescue received a 911 call from the plant, at 7500 26th Ave. N., at 11:15 a.m., according to fire department spokesman Lt. Joel Granata.

Workers were resurfacing the inside wall of an aerator tank that is approximately 250 feet long and 70 feet wide when the man fell 30 feet off a lift, authorities said.

The man was already in cardiac arrest by the time firefighters arrived, and they performed CPR on him until they concluded he could not survive his injuries, Granata said. The man died from “unsurvivable trauma,” though authorities have not determined a cause of death.

The 52-year-old man was a subcontractor who worked for Spectrum Contracting in Naples, according to St. Petersburg police. Authorities have not released his name because his family has not yet been notified of his death.

The man was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident, according to St. Petersburg police. The accident is still under investigation, Granata said.

The water treatment plant remains operational. The part of the tank where the man was working had already been drained for maintenance.

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