By Shannon Najmabadi
Image credit: Joe Shlabotnik.
Local authorities have begun to investigate why 15 sewage manhole covers were missing at an open construction site in the Putuo District, according to the Shanghai Daily.
As of Friday, there have been no reports of people falling into the uncovered manholes, which are located at a site between Daduhe Road and Zhongjiang Road. However, the missing covers still pose a safety concern to local residents and officials are supposedly planning to include manholes as a problem in the city’s emergency prevention whitebook.
According to the Shanghai Daily:
“Many white-collar employees who work in buildings near the construction site tend to go this way during rush hour,” a clerk surnamed Fang from a nearby office building said.
Fang said he didn’t feel in danger because there was some space between the manholes and the path.
Some of the manholes have been temporarily covered with boards while some remain uncovered.
This case of missing manholes follows a report of a 21 year old girl who fell down a Changsha manhole last week and is still missing.
According to China Daily, Changsha will now be installing up to 500 safety nets in manholes to prevent the recurrence of such a tragedy.