ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 14, 2011) – Rescue teams have found the body of a contract worker who was trapped Thursday night when the building in which he was working collapsed unexpectedly at the site of the Paul L. Bartow Power Plant on Weedon Island near St. Petersburg.
At approximately 11:45 p.m. on June 13, teams of rescuers recovered the body of Clark White, 65, of Moundsville, W.Va. White, a retired Army veteran, was an employee of Frontier Industrial Corp., a Buffalo, N.Y.-based company working on behalf of Progress Energy Florida to dismantle boiler structures no longer in use at the power plant site. White worked for the dismantling company for eight years.
"This was a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers continue for Clark and his family," said Vincent Dolan, CEO and president of Progress Energy Florida. "We are especially grateful to the scores of rescue and recovery workers who worked long hours in very difficult conditions. Along with Frontier Industrial and appropriate state and federal agencies, we will be working to understand the cause of the accident."
On Thursday evening, workers were preparing for a controlled collapse of a large boiler structure, scheduled for approximately 8:30 p.m. The structure collapsed at 7:15 p.m., with White inside. There were another 20 people – including Progress Energy Florida employees and contract company employees – working on the dismantlement at the time.
Dismantling work on the large boiler has been halted at the site. The structures were associated with the power plant’s oil-fired power generation. The company converted the site to cleaner-burning natural gas units in 2009.
Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles, including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. For more information about Progress Energy, visit www.progress-energy.com.
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