|L to R: District 751 Business Rep Tommy Wilson, Robert Carver, Josh Divers, Andrew Dennis and Local A President Fergie Ferguson. Divers addressed members at a recent District 751 Local A meeting to thank them for their support after his accident in February.|
The October issue of the Aero Mechanic, District 751’s award-winning newsletter, features a compelling profile of Josh Divers, an IAM member who is making a remarkable recovery after both legs were amputated following a grisly workplace accident.
Divers, 31, was part of a crew walking alongside a Boeing 787 in Everett, WA while it was being towed on the night of Feb. 3. He was run over and dragged about 12 feet. His feet were crushed under the landing gear and both of his legs were later amputated below the knee.
The Aero Mechanic article describes the official investigation that followed the accident but focuses on Divers’ remarkable recovery and his determination to return to work as soon as possible. Divers was able to walk outside the hospital the same day he was fitted with the second prosthetic leg, a feat doctors told him no other amputee had achieved.
At a recent local lodge meeting, Divers thanked his co-workers and his union for all they’d done for him. “I greatly appreciate the cards and all of the support,” said Divers after walking up the stairs at the Seattle Union Hall on his new prosthetic legs. “My buddies and all my crew coming down to see me – the support’s been overwhelming,” he said. “It’s great to have you always there.”