Company releases statement after worker's death in ground collapse in Ruskin

January 3, 2014 

According to officials, John Rose and three other contract workers with PCL Civil Construction were walking along a pipeline at 1:30 p.m. when the ground gave away. BAY NEWS 9 PHOTO

RUSKIN -- The company of the contract worker that died Thursday in a ground collapse at a construction site has released a statement.

John Rose, 54, died after he was trapped underneath at least six feet of sand and mud at the South County Wastewater Treatment Plant.

According to officials, Rose and three other contract workers with PCL Civil Construction were walking along a pipeline when the ground gave away. One worker grabbed Rose's hand but quickly had to let go as Rose was sucked underneath sand and mud.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of PCL employee John Rose at the South County Water Treatment Plant expansion site project in Ruskin yesterday," Chief Operating Officer of Civil Infrastructure Luis Ventoza said in a statement. "We have extended our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Rose.

"We are offering support to the family in the immediate aftermath of this tragic event."

Rescue crews closed a portion of Interstate 75 between Big Bend Road and State Road 674 to use sensitive listening devices as they worked to rescue Rose, 54.

Hours later, the rescue attempts became a recovery effort. Rose's body was recovered just before 11 p.m., officials said.

Officials said the company is investigating the incident.

"PCL Civil Constructors Inc. is doing everything it can to investigate this incident and is assisting local authorities," Ventoza said. "At this early stage of the investigation, we have no further details other than what has already been reported by the authorities."

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