READER REPORT: Corner hole hazard at 48th/Hinds

Thanks to Ryan for the report and photos of a safety hazard at 48th/Hinds [map]:

Avoid NE corner of 48th and Hinds!!! 10-15 foot hole underneath a piece of thin form!!

I put cones on it but it will be a tragic accident.

I called 911 as well.

8 Replies to "READER REPORT: Corner hole hazard at 48th/Hinds"

  • Steve December 15, 2023 (6:56 pm)

    A contractor is replacing/adding utility poles and doing a bad job in notifying residents. They’re putting the new poles on sidewalks without closing them/notification, closing parking without notifications, closing streets without notification. There has been planned outages on the City Light website but not for all the locations. The crews were not in city trucks.

    • Curious George December 16, 2023 (9:58 am)

      They are correct on the steel plate covering the hole but I see a waterline running through the middle of the hole and hopefully that won’t be an issue.

  • Lux December 15, 2023 (6:59 pm)

    That thin form kind of looks like 1/2 in. steel plate.

  • Question Authority December 15, 2023 (8:02 pm)

    That sheet is known as Finn board, it is OSHA rated for shoring applications and also used to cover holes such as this one.  Granted the contractor could be doing a better job overall, but the material is legal and extremely strong for what is is, and does in the construction industry.

    • Ryan T Caple December 16, 2023 (6:30 am)

      You need at least a foot on each side, cones and danger tape. You guys are ok with this shotty piece of crap? We have kids running around. Unbelievable. Yes, this is a strong piece of material but barely covering the hole. I care about my people of west Seattle. You two have no regard for human life? Sorry I went a little extra to make sure we all are ok. 

  • 937 December 16, 2023 (7:39 am)

    Did the picture taker move the panel to take the pic? That does not seem to be a wise decision

  • Ryan T Caple December 16, 2023 (8:01 am)

    This is what I walked up to today!!!! I’m shocked this is not a priority. Ryan T Caple

  • Rick December 16, 2023 (8:38 am)

    I think that’s where all my money has been going!

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