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Worker dies after falling into aerator tank at Florida water treatment plant

April 02, 2013
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A worker died last Thursday after falling more than 30 feet into an empty aerator tank at a water treatment facility in St. Petersburg, Fla., Bay News 9 reported.

The man was identified as 52-year-old subcontractor Homero Levario Juarez.

At around 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Juarez was operating a pressurized liquid concrete hose from inside the basket of a scissor lift. When the hose was charged, it caused a recoil that pushed Juarez backwards and out of the basket, according to the article.

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Investigators said Juarez was wearing a safety harness, but it was not connected to the basket.

"The worker was actually on a scissors platform and he was doing some routine maintenance on one of the walls in the tank," said Lt. Joel Granata with St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

Juarez suffered trauma injuries and died at the scene.

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