BOSTON (WHDH) — Ujjall Saud escaped with minor injuries after a piece of equipment fell through the tower of his car from a construction site.
According to a statement from Suffolk Construction, “a 12-inch wide curtain wall fell expectantly from the outside of our 400 Summer Street project and struck a vehicle.”
The Saugus man said he had stitches on his nose, a headache and pain in his neck, shoulder and back.
Saud was behind the wheel of his car when the curtain wall fell and landed on the passenger side. According to a friend of Saud’s, Saud often drives one of his colleagues with him to his postal service job.
“They usually travel in pairs, thank God nobody was there today,” said the friend.
Saud said he was stopped at a red light, and when the light turned green he felt his entire car shake and glass explode.
“I thought something hit the back of my car,” Saud said. “My car mirror is broken. Everything is broken.”
The construction company said it is working with OSHA, city officials and commercial partners to investigate the cause of the incident.
The OSHA investigator at the scene focused on an object lying on the ground with two spikes sticking out.
The Summer Street development has been halted “out of prudence,” according to Suffolk Construction.
“I’m happy. I thought I was born again. I have a different life,” Saud said.
In early May, Suffolk temporarily halted all of its construction projects in Boston after a demolition accident in the South End injured three workers at the old Edison power station.
Boston also enacted a work freeze on Suffolk Construction. Mayor Michelle Wu also expressed concerns about the safety of construction projects and will hold a meeting with unions and contractors on Thursday.
The building, at 400 Summer Street, is a $235 million, 16-story laboratory space that will house a genomics testing company and retail stores on the first floor.
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