An Ironworker's Story

"My doctor’s instructions were to not lift anything (0 lbs.), not carry anything (0 lbs.) and to not operate any type of machinery. I was also not to use my right hand. The foremen did not pay any attention and don’t care that I am still hurt."

My name is Eliseo. I started working for Millennium Reinforcing as an ironworker in May of 2013. My work duties included carrying and tying rebar on decks, in footings and caissons. Working at Millennium is very hard; you have to work really fast. There is a lot of injustice at Millennium. Sometimes they make us work without water and other times they make us help pay for water. When I worked at Millennium, I had to use my own tools.

I got hurt on a job at Keys Chevrolet in Van Nuys. I was taking steel off of the forklift on the second deck and the forks smashed my hand. I broke my finger in two places, two fractures. They took me to the hospital and I was operated on the next day. I was told not to use workman’s comp. The company told me to stay home and that Millennium was going to pay me. I told them that I was already using workman’s comp and they told me to stop using it and that if I had medicine to buy, for me to buy it and the office would repay me.

The company asked me to return to work about a week after I got hurt and work “light duty”. My doctor’s instructions were to not lift anything (0 lbs.), not carry anything (0 lbs.) and to not operate any type of machinery. I was also not to use my right hand. The Millennium foremen made me carry and tie rebar. I told the foremen that I can’t work like that, that I had limitations. The foremen did not pay any attention and don’t care that I am still hurt.

I hope that my testimony is useful and something can be done to bring justice at Millennium Reinforcing.


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