Dog walker hits out over pavement hole hazard

Hollie Sheldon, from Wybourn,Sheffield, was hurt when she fell down a  which was not barriered off from pedestrians.
Hollie Sheldon, from Wybourn,Sheffield, was hurt when she fell down a which was not barriered off from pedestrians.
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A dog walker claims she was hurt after falling down a hole in Sheffield where work was being carried out.

Hollie Sheldon said she suffered injuries to her legs, arm and torso when she stumbled next to a streetlight in Wybourn, where Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead team were carrying out work.

Hollie Sheldon from Wybourn who is complaining that she fell down this hole which was not barriered off from pedestrians on Outram Road

Hollie Sheldon from Wybourn who is complaining that she fell down this hole which was not barriered off from pedestrians on Outram Road

The 27-year-old had witnessed a fire while out walking her dog and reported it to emergency services moments before she fell, dragging her dog with her.

After managing to climb out, Hollie noticed there were no barriers in place to warn the public of the potential hazard.

Hollie, of Outram Road, said: “I was unaware of a big hole at the side of the street light.

“I fell down the hole dragging my dog with me.

“After I got out, I realised it was a result of roadworks being carried out by Amey which have been going on around Wybourn for quite some time.

“There have been unnecessary plastic barriers around our street light when the light is finished and working.

“Holes which are not filled in have barriers around them as a warning, but where I fell down there were none.

“I’ve hurt my knee and seem to have twisted my foot. It hurts to walk.

“I have witnessed other accidents occurring around the estate.”

She has now lodged a formal complaint with the council.

Graham Scragg, street light manager for Streets Ahead contractor Amey, said: “We’re sorry to hear about the fall Miss Sheldon has had and hope she is recovering well.

“Unfortunately, the barriers around the street lights on Outram Road had been removed and set on fire.

“We did attend the area following the incident as soon as possible and replaced the barriers, as well as checking the others in the area were correctly in place.

“The safety of the public and our employees is always our number one priority and we do have teams across the city checking our sites.

“We are also constantly reviewing our systems and procedures in an effort to minimise the size of and amount of time of our excavations.”

n Amey has urged members of the public to report missing barriers on 0114 273 4576.