A construction worker in South Boston suffered minor injuries after he was buried up to his waist in concrete for over an hour. According a spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department, the employee’s foot became trapped while he was checking a wooden form that was holding some concrete in place. The incident occurred at One Channel Center in South Boston, which is the proposed future site of a 525,000 square-foot, 11-story office building.
The fire department used special tools to free the man, and EMS crews also oversaw the process to ensure his safety. According to Boston District 6 Fire Chief Mark Buchanan, the procedure took over an hour due to the tenuous circumstances. He was also given an IV of pain medication throughout this process but, according to Buchanan, remained “conscious and alert.” Once freed, the man was taken to a local hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
Major construction sites are a common in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Although in this circumstance the worker involved in the accident only suffered minor injuries, construction workers face a number of serious risks on the job. In particular, working on high-rise complexes, such as One Channel Center, can pose unique workplace hazards. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job and would like to speak with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney, please contact us at (617) 206-1928.
Firefighters rescue buried worker, BostonHerald.com, November 6, 2012