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Former Exelon contractor sues company for lead exposure

A former contractor for Exelon filed a lawsuit Friday alleging the company failed to protect him from lead exposure and other toxic substances.

Anthony Wasielewski filed the lawsuit against Exelon Energy Delivery Company LLC, Exelon Corporation, Exelon Business Services Company LLC and Commonwealth Edison Company in Cook County Circuit Court.

His company was subcontracted by Exelon to install, remove and splice their utility lines on May 13, 2014, according to the suit. He alleges that as a contractor, Exelon failed to warn him of exposure, failed to provide him with protective equipment, failed to create and enforce safety procedures and failed to adequately inspect their work sites after the company gave him materials containing lead and other toxic substances.

Shortly after, his doctor performed a blood lead level test, which revealed that he had a toxic amount of lead in his blood, the suit said. As a result, he has suffered “severe and permanent injuries,” which has cost him hours at work and medical expenses, the suit said.

His wife, Judy Wasielewski, who is also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, is suing Exelon for causing her to lose “material services, society, guidance, consortium and companionship of her spouse,” the suit said.

“ComEd is reviewing this newly filed lawsuit,” Erica Borggren, a spokesperson for ComEd, an Exelon company, said. “The safety of our workforce and the public is ComEd’s highest priority.  Our safety programs and procedures are based on industry best practices, and our safety performance as a company ranks in the top decile in the industry.  We vigilantly partner with our contractors to ensure that together we provide safe, reliable power to our customers.”

The five-count suit seeks at least $250,000 in damages.