St. Petersburg, Florida -- A man working at a water treatment plant fell 30 feet into an empty water tank, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue tells 10 News.
Officials say 52-year-old Homero Levario Juarez died shortly after the fall.
It happened at the Northwest Water Reclamation Facility located on 26th Avenue North. The property is owned by Pinellas County Utilities.
Detectives say Juarez was inside the basket of a scissor lift that was extended about 30 feet off the ground, and was operating a pressurized liquid concrete hose.
When the hose was turned on, it caused a recoil that knocked Juarez backward and out of the basket. Officials say he was wearing a safety harness, but it wasn't secured to the basket.
Juarez fell to the concrete floor of the empty water tank and died at the scene.
He worked for Spectrum Contracting out of Naples.
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