Robert F. Farmer
411 Pinewood Dr. N.E.
Bremerton, WA 98310

September 1, 1992

James Adrian
International Federation of Professional
and Technical Engineers, Local 12

P.O. Box 87
Bremerton, WA 98310

Re: Richard Ketter Occupational Injury

Dear Jim,

I am writing this letter to report the continuing tragedy that has fallen upon our Brother Richard Ketter.

He was injured on May 5, 1992 in his office, when he tripped on a defective floor tile. The shipyard dispensary treated him for a strained foot for one week. His injuries were a broken foot and torn tendons (all tendons). He has been required to walk on this foot to and from various places within the shipyard. Recently he was instructed to go to training up two flights of stairs, which caused him much pain.

His office failed to put him on COP (traumatic leave) after the accident. He used all of his sick and annual leave during the time of this injury. The shipyard failed to send or provide him with the forms to submit for CEP (compensation) at the 30 day point after the injury. The shipyard and labor department has failed to this day to provide him with proper and legal compensation. He is owed about $3,000. His paychecks have and are being shorted. It has cost him over $200 for bounced checks. It also cost him his garden, his bus driving job, his ability to repair his home and his car etc.

He is suffering physical pain, emotional pain, and financial pain. He and his wife Connie have three children. They need much more help than we have been able to provide.

I believe that unions are here to help their members. So far we have done very little to help him. If we are such great friends of some congressmen, why don't we get off our ass and get Richard Ketter some help? He is waiting for his compensation to kick in so he can afford to have surgery to repair his foot. At present, he has no tendons attached to his injured foot. He is at his wits end.

Let's find some real way to help him and to stop the US Navy from abusing its injured workers.


Robert F. Farmer