A woman who left her home to top up her gas meter ended up battered and bruised after falling down a hole on a dark footpath.
Rita Greaves, aged 57, of Stones Inge, High Green, was walking along a footpath near Potters Gate in the ‘pitch black’ when she plunged.
The hole in the pavement had been dug for street light replacement works as part of Sheffield Council’s £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme.
Rita said: “I was walking along and the barrier had fallen down. I clipped the corner of the fallen barrier and fell down. The hole must have been a few feet deep.”
Rita, who was talking to a family friend, asked him to fetch help.
She was initially treated by paramedics at home but later went to the Northern General Hospital with husband Philip because of pain from her swollen right leg and knuckles on her right hand.
“I am still badly bruised and shaken. There should have been a board over the hole if left unattended – or at least the barriers properly in place,” she said.
Chris Morris, operations director at Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead contractor, Amey, apologised for Rita’s ordeal – and barriers have been put in place at the scene of her fall.
He said: “We are really sorry to hear about Mrs Greaves’ fall and we are investigating. We will be visiting Mrs Greaves today to find out more about what happened.
“We take health and safety very seriously and we regularly inspect all our sites to ensure barriers remain in place.
“Unfortunately, in this case it seems that, although they were weighted down, the barriers had been blown over or knocked down. We urge anyone who sees barriers that have fallen over to please let us know by calling 0114 2734567 so we can fix the problem immediately.”