Posted On: December 29, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Commonwealth Edison Worker Dies of Electrical Burn Injuries from Chicago Work Accident

A Commonwealth Worker who suffered electrical bun injuries while working in a manhole on June 6 has died. Alejandro Collazzo was 38 years old.

The Chicago work accident took place in the Austin neighborhood around 2:30am while Collazo was trying to make repairs following an earlier electrical outage. An “electrical flash” happened, resulting in what may have been a combination of explosion and fire.

The electrical discharge is believed to have come from another electrical line and not the one that the ComEd worker was repairing. An investigation ruled out human error as a contributing factor. Following the accident, Collazo was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. He was later admitted to Loyola University Medical Center’s burn division. He was pronounced dead on December 9.

Electrical Burns
Electrical burns can occur when the body’s tissues or bones come into contact with electricity. These types of burns can be minor, such as 1st degree burns to the skin, or they can be more severe, such as 2nd degree or 3rd degree burns. Electrical burns can also cause internal damage to the human body.

Electrical burns are just one kind of injury caused by exposure to electricity. Two other kinds of shock-related burn injuries are the arc burn and the thermal contact burn. An arc burn is an injury that can occur to someone who has been exposed to high temperatures created by an electric blast or arc. A person may suffer a thermal contact burn after coming into contact with certain kinds of hot surfaces.

Electrical burn injuries can be very painful. Depending on the severity of the injuries, they can require multiple medical procedures that are very costly. If you sustained your electrical burn injury in a Chicago work accident, you are likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

ComEd Worker Burned In Manhole In June Dies, CBS2, December 10, 2008

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