The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department said Mark Allen Johnson, 45, was working at the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Petersburg Beach. Johnson, a Tampa resident employed by SWS Environmental Services, was vacuuming oil inside the shaft at the time, WFTS-TV, Tampa Bay, reported,
Resort employees said the elevator was locked in position at the time. The sheriff's office is investigating the death.
"Great, great dad and a great family man," Brad Iturriaga, Johnson's cousin, told WTSP-TV, Tampa. "He's got two younger boys, he worked really hard to have a place for them."