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Contractor dies after fall at TECO’s Big Bend power plant

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A contractor died Monday following a fall at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station, a TECO spokeswoman has confirmed.

The company said a contractor was performing work on scaffolding when he fell. The height of the fall is not yet known.

The work was unrelated to the operation of the power plant, TECO said.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the loss of a contractor at the Big Bend Power Station. We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and co-workers,” said spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs. “The safety of our employees and contractors is always our first priority at Tampa Electric.”

The man killed has worked as a contractor or subcontractor at TECO sites for more than a decade. Many TECO employees knew him and are mourning the loss.

The plant is no stranger to tragedy. In 2017, TECO was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after five employees died and another suffered serious burns after molten slag was suddenly released from a tank that was being cleaned.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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