Man falls to his death inside an empty tank at Northwest Water Treatment Facility

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Petersburg Fire Rescue is investigating a deadly fall at the Northwest Water Treatment Facility.

According to SPFR, a 52-year-old man fell about 30 feet into an empty tank at the facility located on 26th Ave. N and 75th Street around 11:15 a.m. 

The victim died as a result of the fall.

SPFR Lt. Joel Granata told ABC Action News that the man was a subcontractor performing maintenance work on the walls of the tank, which can hold five million gallons of water.

"Some of the workers with him realized that he actually fell off the scissors jack platform," explained Lt. Granata . "When we got here, the victim was at the bottom of the tank. He'd fallen about 30 feet."

A handful of other crew members were standing on the base of the tank when he fell. They tried to revive him using CPR.


"But due to the severity of his injuries, it was trauma that was unsurvivable," Lt. Granata said.

Officials say the man, who worked for Spectum Contracting in Naples, was not wearing a safety harness.

The incident is now under an OSHA investigation.

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