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Man hurt at Boston construction site

Worker pinned by wooden form

Boston Fire Department workers tried to free a construction worker trapped under a wooden form, his arm visible at bottom right, at a South Boston building site. It took an hour for 40 members of rescue teams to free him.

Bill Brett/Globe Staff

Boston Fire Department workers tried to free a construction worker trapped under a wooden form, his arm visible at bottom right, at a South Boston building site. It took an hour for 40 members of rescue teams to free him.

A construction worker suffered minor injuries to his foot Monday after a wooden form containing concrete buckled at a South Boston building site, pinning him for an hour.

The worker’s foot was trapped from above the ankle by the form about 2:30 p.m. at One Channel Center, on A Street. The site will be the home of a 12-story commercial office building and an eight-story parking garage.

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It took an hour for 40 members of the Fire Department technical rescue teams to free the worker, who was conscious the entire time, said Steve ­MacDonald,department spokesman. The man was taken to a hospital by Boston emergency medical services.

The worker was “checking on the form to make sure it was holding the concrete in place,” MacDonald said.

Steel, wood, soft concrete, and mounds of dirt made digging the man out difficult, said MacDonald.

The worker, employed by concrete subcontractor J.L. Marshall & Sons of Seekonk, is expected to return to work Tuesday, said Kim Steimle, a Suffolk Construction spokeswoman. She declined to identify the worker, citing privacy concerns.

“It took some time, but [rescuers] wanted to make sure that it was done as carefully as possible,” Steimle said. “We’re very glad that it was truly ­minor injuries.”

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration was inspecting the site Monday. ­Suffolk Construction officials will look into why that form, a wooden box with metal bracing on the sides, blew out, Steimle said.

Katheleen Conti can be reached at kconti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKConti.
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