IronWorker Awarded Penalties Against Area Erectors And Gallagher Basset ($2.9 Million)
A union ironworker from Local 444 recovered $2.9 million for an arm injury resulting from a crane accident.
Gallagher Bassett cut the ironworker’s weekly benefits, leaving him to starve. They cut him off because he made a gesture to a fellow employee while working doing light duty work in Area’s office. The gesture he made was to shape his hand into the form of a gun and to point the gun-shaped hand at another employee. For that reason, he was fired and his benefits were cut off.
Horwitz filed an emergency petition under 19(b) of the statute and went to trial. Horwitz convinced the arbitrator to award penalties against Area for a termination of benefits without a reasonable basis. This ironworker also had a third party case and this resolved for just under three million dollars.