A woman suffered head injuries after she fell in a hole on a New York sidewalk. The hole was covered by a metal sheet but it was loose and when the woman stepped on it the cover flipped and she dropped 5 feet in the hole. The woman hit the back of her head as she fell in the muddy pit. Other pedestrians who witnessed the scene stayed around the hole to provide moral support to the woman who was visibly shaken and was crying. They told her not to move until EMS arrived. When they arrived, emergency responders and firefighters lifted the woman out of the pit and brought her to the hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.
It is the responsibility of the contractor to make sure that the excavation is proprely covered and safe for pedestrians
Located at the busy intersection of 8th Ave and 35th Street the hole was a construction pit made by the company New York City Water Works and part of an active construction area. The contractor failed in its responsibility to make sure that the area is safe for pedestrians. According to witnesses the metal plate covering the hole was loose and they were no orange cones to signal danger. Later on the hole was covered again and surrounded with caution tapes but it was too late. The contractor was slapped with a violation for failing to proprely secure the plate that covers an excavation.
Falling in holes is one of the biggest fear of any New York pedestrians and many of them never walk on metal covers for fear that the cover is not secure. Unsafe construction pits but also cellar grates or cellar doors in defective conditions can create dangerous conditions that can cause pedestrians to trip or to fall in holes.