Worker badly injured at Cornwall construction site

Cornwall paramedics and firefighters get ready to carry a construction worker out of a trench Monday, June 20, 2016 at the intersection of Churchill and Twelfth Streets. Churchill is undergoing a complete road reconstruction. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated at 3:45 p.m. with new information and the extent of the construction worker’s injuries.

CORNWALL – A construction worker has been taken to hospital by ambulance with a deep cut to his chest after being hurt on the job site.

Paramedics, firefighters and police were called to the intersection of Churchill Street and Twelfth Street West around 1:45 p.m.

A man was carried out of a trench on a backboard by paramedics and firefighters in the middle of the intersection.

Cornwall Safety, Training and Operations Supervisor Tommy Sauve told Cornwall Newswatch the Ministry of Labour has been contacted.

The worker was using a cutoff saw to cut a cement sewer pipe, when the saw got stuck and somehow kicked back, hitting the man in the chest, Sauve said.

The injuries were initially thought to be critical. Sauve said the deep cut caused muscle damage to the man’s upper chest but he’s expected to be released from the hospital soon.

City of Cornwall spokesman Kevin Lajoie told CNW the worker was part of a contracted firm that was doing a road reconstruction of Churchill Street.