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Chicago, IL: (Mar-16-07) A lawsuit was filed against ComEd by Doug Lane, father of Blake Lane, 20, who was killed because of ComEd's negligent business procedures. Blake Lane had been on the job just two days when he was sent to work on the uppermost line of a high-voltage tower. Normally, that line is uncharged and acts as a lightning rod to protect the tower, but near airports, the line is often used to power airport hazard lights, and the line Lane touched was energized.

An earlier incident caused the death of another ComEd worker and ComEd had agreed to spruce up safety procedures. The lawsuit claimed ComEd did not enhance safety therefore causing Lane's death, and attributing 'willful negligence'. In a settlement agreed upon, ComEd and various insurance companies will pay out $7 million as damages for Lane's death. [DAILY HERALD: WORKER ELECTROCUTION]


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Published on Mar-19-07


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