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Two IBEW Contract Electricians Injured at Caterpillar in IL

EAST PEORIA, Ill. —Investigations have begun after an electrical accidentat a Caterpillar Inc. facility Monday morning left two men injured, one seriously.

Robert Klimko, 39, reportedly of Dunlap, sustained burns to an arm, a leg and his side, said a spokesman for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was flown by helicopter from that hospital to the burn unit at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was listed in serious condition later Monday.

A 34-year-old man who was also treated at St. Francis and released was identified as Scott Albritton by Mike Everett, business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 34, of which both victims are members.

“I’ve seen them both and I think both will be fine,” Everett said later Monday.

He and other IBEW officials had not yet been given details of the accident, which Everett said took place at about 8 a.m. at Caterpillar’s Building BB in East Peoria.

“We’ve been focusing on getting (Klimko’s) wife and family up to Rockford” through Monday afternoon, Everett said.

Caterpillar no doubt has begun its investigation, “and I’m sure OSHA has been notified,” he said, referring to the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Both men were working on Caterpillar property under contract with Oberlander Electric Co. of Peoria at the time, Everett said.

Caterpillar issued a statement Monday afternoon confirming that “two employees of an outside company were injured while they were doing work inside a Caterpillar facility in East Peoria.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured individuals and to their families and friends. Safety is our most important responsibility at all Caterpillar facilities,” company spokesman Jim Dugan said in the statement. “Caterpillar will work closely with the appropriate parties to investigate the cause of the accident.”

East Peoria Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Hurd said both victims were treated at the scene of the accident before they were taken by ambulance to St. Francis. He had no further details of the accident and Caterpillar released no further information regarding it Monday.

Klimko has been a member of IBEW for 18 years as a journeyman wiremen, according to published information. Further information on Albritton was unavailable Monday.

 

Story via PekinTimes.com

Update:

The condition of an electrician who was seriously burned last week in an accident at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria has improved.

Robert Klimko, 39, of Dunlap, was listed in fair condition Tuesday at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was flown by helicopter from a Peoria hospital after the accident the morning of Dec. 20 at Caterpillar’s Building BB.

Klimko, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 34, was working for Oberlander Electric Co. of Peoria, under contract with Caterpillar, when he sustained burns to an arm, a leg and his side. The accident remains under investigation.

A second electrician, Scott Albritton, 34, suffered minor injuries in the accident.

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