ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A worker operating a pressurized hose in a scissor lift 30 feet in the air died Thursday after he was propelled backwards out of the basket at the Northwest Water Treatment Facility in St. Petersburg.
On Friday, police identified him as 52-year-old Homero Levario Juarez of Lehigh, Florida.
Investigators say Juarez was operating a pressurized liquid concrete hose above an empty tank. When the hose was charged, it caused a recoil at the nozzle and he was thrown backwards. He fell to the concrete floor of the empty water tank and was pronounced dead by paramedics a short time later.
Juarez was wearing a safety harness at the time, but it was not secured to the basket.
Several crew members were standing at the base of the tank when he fell. They tried to revive him using CPR before paramedics arrived.
"But due to the severity of his injuries, it was trauma that was unsurvivable," said St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Joel Granata.
Officials say Juarez worked for Spectrum Contracting in Naples