Date: February 2011
Plaintiff Medical: Dr. Richard L. Gamelli (Burns) and Dr. Rebecca Pifer (Emergency Medicine)
Plaintiff Experts: Kevin Lynch, IBEW/NECA Technical Institute (Electrical Safety) and Benjamin D. Miller, P.E. (Electrical Engineer) DEF Experts: Tage Carlson, Ph.D. (Safety) and Andrew J. Nehalfen, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineer)
Summary: Electrician, Charles Ingolia, was instructed to clean a switchgear cabinet at the CTA Substation. While doing so, believing it was de-energized, he raised a protective shield exposing himself to 12,600 volts of electricity and causing an explosion. Mr. Ingolia died three days later. The Estate contended that Defendant was at fault for not informing Mr. Ingolia that a portion of the electrical equipment was energized. Defense stated that Mr. Ingolia had been a journeyman electrician for 38 years and should have assume the equipment to be “live”, he ignored a warning sign, and lifted his protective shield exposing himself to the live equipment and explosion.
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