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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.

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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.”

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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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