ST. PETE BEACH – A Tampa man died when he was crushed by an elevator just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Tradewinds Jacaranda Beach Villa, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.
According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies, Mark Allen Johnson, 45, was killed when the elevator he was working on fell on top of him. Johnson and another employee of SWS Environmental Services were cleaning oil from the elevator shaft, when the elevator fell. The second worker was not injured.
The elevator was locked by hotel maintenance prior to the men beginning their work. The two men had been working on the elevator for about 40 minutes prior to the incident.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident as an accidental death.