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Pipefitter Forced to Retire after Shoulder Injury; Settles for Wage Differential of $250,000

A 62-year-old Pipefitter sustained a labral tear of the left shoulder using a pro press.  Following physical therapy, he was placed on permanent restrictions of the medium physical demand level.  According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, a pipefitter must be able to perform at a heavy physical demand level and lift up to 100 pounds, but Petitioner could not lift more than 50 pounds.  Petitioner had to retire from his local union.  With his permanent restrictions, Petitioner found a job earning only $15.00/hour.  His wage differential was settled for $250,000.00
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