On Tuesday we had a bit of…. An issue at work.
Yeah… It started with this^ and went very quickly downhill. Literally…. Erm, well… Kinda. B-)
It appears that we had a problem with the stability of the ground we were driving over.
Now I could say I got a sinking feeling about this, but I didn’t… I really should have because when we pushed the van out of that hole we found that the hole itself was a much bigger problem than we anticipated!
Me and the other guy in the team had literally stood over this hole (This was taken after opening the top out a little, BTW) to push the van. The floor could have given out on us as there was no real strength in it and the soil was only a few inches thick at that point. The boss must have driven right over the top, the weakest point, when it gave.
The hole is about 2 metres deep and, after cutting the top out, about a metre wide. To say that we had a near miss is an understatement. If the top had given way while we were pushing the van someone could have been seriously hurt!
We think it’s possibly an air shaft for a coal pit that was located about 500 metres from where the hole appeared… An obvious link really.
After we did all we could at that point, cone it off and get out of the way! After we moved a proper team came down and put some proper barriers around it. And while I really don’t like the outcome… It has been *ahem* dealt with.
Oh… And on Thursday I get the amazing joy of having a ‘near-miss’ interview about it. Joy!… Not. >.>