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Man hurt after piece of construction material falls from building in Seaport district and smashes into car roof

A damaged vehicle at a construction site on Congress Street in the Seaport District of Boston, MA on August 17, 2022.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Police found a man bleeding from his face after a piece of construction material fell from a building and smashed onto the roof of his vehicle as he waited at a red light in the Seaport district Wednesday morning, according to a police report.

The man was taken to Tufts Medical Center where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his head and face, according to the report.

Officers responded to the construction site at 370 Congress St. at 10:53 a.m. after an officer there was flagged down for a report of an injured person. The officers arrived and found a grey Toyota Rav parked in the middle of the street with its hazards lights on and significant damage to its roof, front windshield, and interior, according to the report.

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Daniel Antonellis, a spokesman for Suffolk Construction, said a curtain wall embed measuring 12 inches wide fell from the construction project site and struck a car.

“The driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital for evaluation,” Antonellis said in an email. “We are working with OSHA, city officials and our trade partners to investigate the cause of this incident.”

On Wednesday afternoon, yellow police tape was strung up around the construction site on Congress Street.

Officials with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration were inspecting and taking photos of the scene. A tow truck later arrived to remove the damaged vehicle.

OSHA is investigating the incident. The construction site has been shut down, Antonellis said.

“In an abundance of caution, Suffolk has voluntarily shut down the 400 Summer St. project site to conduct a comprehensive review of the site and the trade partners’ adherence to Suffolk’s strict safety standards,” he said.

The incident is the latest in a series of accidents at Boston worksites this year. In May, a worker was hospitalized after falling roughly 30 feet at a construction site in the South End and three workers were injured after a catwalk collapsed inside the old Boston Edison power plant in South Boston. In July, a mobile crane toppled over at a construction site in Dorchester.

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said city officials will be meeting with unions and construction companies Thursday to discuss ways to prevent any further incidents.

“While I’m relieved no one was seriously injured today, we’ve had too many recent construction worksite incidents,” she said in a statement e-mailed to the Globe. “Tomorrow we are hosting a meeting with unions and construction companies to discuss ways to partner in ensuring work sites are safe and avoid any future incidents.”

An Inspectional Services Department official reviewed the construction site on Congress Street and a stop work order was issued, city officials said. The site manager was ordered to provide a structural engineer’s report to help determine the structural integrity of the building, and the site will remain closed until further notice, city officials said.

Globe correspondent Bailey Allen contributed to this report.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.