Witnesses said the man, identified as Danny Rodriguez of The Bronx, was moving pallets with the forklift when the hole opened up in the warehouse space rented by a trucking company, AM Express Freight.
Witnesses described the hole as being 30 to 40 feet wide and six to 10 feet deep. It was filled with a dark, oily liquid that authorities later said was cooking oil and soy sauce that was being stored in the warehouse and fell into the hole when the floor gave way.
Rodriguez managed to get out without serious injury, authorities said.
“Fortunately for the operator, the forklift went straight down and didn’t tip to the side because then he could have really been hurt,”