Garrett Bailey visited the Bath Iron Works on Thursday afternoon to thank those who responded to the January 23 incident

BATH, Maine – A Bath Iron Works rigger who sustained serious head and face injuries in a crane accident on Jan. 23 returned to the shipyard Thursday afternoon to thank those who responded to the traumatic incident and more than 60,000 Raised US dollars for his family.

Garrett Bailey met with Chris Wiers, President of Local S6 of the Machinists Union, BIW President Dirk Lesko, BIW rescue workers and others, Wiers told NEWS CENTER Maine.

Bailey was injured while working with a crane at the shipyard and was initially in critical condition at the Maine Medical Center in Portland.

He underwent several surgeries and other interventions.

“His injuries are among the worst the Local Lodge S6 has ever encountered,” the union said at the time.

“It shook the more than 7,000 employees at BIW to the core,” said Wiers in an email on Thursday. “Without the incredible and immediate response from staff, BIW Rescue Workers (IAFF Local 5257), BIW Management and Security, and the City of Bath Rescue (IAFF Local 1611), we would face a far worse scenario.” . “

Following the incident, the International Machinists Union brought critical incident response personnel to the shipyard to provide assistance to those who witnessed the incident, including union workers and management.

Bailey was released from the hospital on February 5.

Wiers presented Bailey with a check for $ 61,280 that was collected through Gate Collections during shift changes at the shipyard.

More than $ 50,000 in additional donations was raised through an online fundraiser.

“Local Lodge S6 would like to personally thank everyone involved, and everyone involved, as Garrett’s recovery efforts will be intense,” Wiers wrote.