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Family of Electrocuted 7-Year-Old Sues Pool Companies
NBC MIAMI ^ | 6/24/14

Posted on 06/25/2014 3:11:15 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

The father of a 7-year-old boy who died when he was electrocuted in the family’s pool has filed a lawsuit against the company that made the pool light and the one that serviced the family’s swimming pool.

Calder Sloan died on April 17 when he jumped into his family’s pool and was electrocuted. The child’s death was wake-up call to many pool owners around South Florida.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcmiami.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: frivolous; lawyers; negligence
Published reports after the child's tragic death indicate THE FAMILY KNEW THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH THE LIGHT NINE MONTHS EARLIER.

The Miami Herald, in an April 17 article, indicated that the family hired an electrician who told them the pool wasn't safe....no permits were pulled for any work done....

But the Miami TELEVISION stations NEVER MENTION THIS FACT.

Why would tv stations be so unwilling to tell the full story? Could it be because the family owns a TELEVISION PRODUCTION COMPANY?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2C_Media

1 posted on 06/25/2014 3:11:15 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Scapegoating.

My guess, it was tripping the GFCI so they just disabled it....


2 posted on 06/25/2014 3:17:39 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I thought pool lights were a low voltage DC circuit?


3 posted on 06/25/2014 3:26:54 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: Kozak
I thought pool lights were a low voltage DC circuit?

There are lots of failure mechanisms by which the mains (120V) can be faulted onto to a low voltage circuit. Generally a GFI will provide adequate protection. Based on other comments on this thread, it does sound like there was some corner cutting going on.

4 posted on 06/25/2014 3:37:18 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SoFloFreeper

You’d have to be a TOTAL IDIOT not to use a GFCI in that type of circuit - and to RESPECT the fact that they do trip for a reason.

Oh yea, never mind, understanding even basic wiring (and plumbing) is way too much to ask for this generation...they’re too busy with their video games and dance lessons to be bothered by that “dirty stuff”.

Oh well, ignorance has a price - maybe they’re young enough to have more kids.


5 posted on 06/25/2014 3:50:47 AM PDT by BobL
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To: HiTech RedNeck

How ridiculous, having several pools myself, all the lights have been low voltage 12volts. Most pool owners will notice the transformer over by the pool equipment.

Was there some kind of bleed over from the high voltage side to the low side, incorrect wiring?


6 posted on 06/25/2014 3:56:18 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Murder?


7 posted on 06/25/2014 4:01:54 AM PDT by dasboot
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To: dasboot

or Suicide.


8 posted on 06/25/2014 4:06:30 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Let’s suppose that a pool light somehow was connecting live AC to the pool water. If someone jumped in the water, how close to the defective pool light would they have to be for sufficient current to go through their body to be fatal?


9 posted on 06/25/2014 4:21:01 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: HiTech RedNeck

GFCIs are sensitive - for a reason. I once had a customer when I was an electrician that had an outlet in the dining room that kept tripping (it was protected from a GFCO in the kitchen). Just a bare receptacle, but always tripped the GFCO. Turns out it was under the window that the cat used to look out and see dogs/cats outside and it was marking its territory. Just happened the outlet received the brunt of the marking spray.

Changed out the receptacle and problem cured. The lady wasn’t too happy with the cat, though.


10 posted on 06/25/2014 4:24:35 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

Nothing stinks quite as bad as tom cat spray and this woman didn’t know the cat was spraying the wall? Good grief! She must of had no sense of smell at all!


11 posted on 06/25/2014 4:28:18 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

You know, I wondered that too, but I could not smell it either. She must have been using that spray that covers up cat pee.

I only saw it when I pulled out my flashlight and shined it along the wall and then wiped a wet paper towel across it. After getting wet you could smell it.

After that, I bought one of the UV flashlights and put it in my tool bag.


12 posted on 06/25/2014 4:32:19 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

LOL! I didn’t know anything had been invented that could cover up cat pee.


13 posted on 06/25/2014 4:40:03 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: SoFloFreeper

Generally permits are not required for repairs to existing systems. Only for new work and alterations to existing systems.

No permitting authority could handle the paperwork/personnel work load if permits were required for repairs........


14 posted on 06/25/2014 4:41:21 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

GFIs gradually fail. We’ve observed this on our dock at Lake of the Ozarks.


15 posted on 06/25/2014 4:50:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Kozak

“I thought pool lights were a low voltage DC circuit?”

For the last 30 years yes! I don’t know the particulars in this case


16 posted on 06/25/2014 5:18:34 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

“Why would tv stations be so unwilling to tell the full story?”......

Because it’s what they do! (except for Fox)


17 posted on 06/25/2014 5:21:36 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Suicide???


18 posted on 06/25/2014 5:38:30 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: SoFloFreeper

“Why would tv stations be so unwilling to tell the full story? “

Those facts don’t fit their narrative.


19 posted on 06/25/2014 5:42:12 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: dennisw

The house, I believe was built in the 1960s...40 years ago...


20 posted on 06/25/2014 5:45:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: autumnraine

Terrorism????


21 posted on 06/25/2014 5:47:17 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I work in the pool industry, and people do really stupid things regarding pool safety. One of the dumbest is done by above/on ground owners who plug 1 or 1.5 hp pool filters into non gfci, interior outlets and then snake yards of extension cords (out of windows usually) to the pool. Fortunately, the motors will overheat, burn out BEFORE anything else happens, but I do know of several small fires that started this way.

With an older IG (this sad story) my guess would be the wiring was deteriorating and gfci either failed or was circumvented. Also, weekly pool inspection? More like weekly visit by pool boy w/a bucket of shock and an OTO kit.


22 posted on 06/25/2014 6:08:32 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...d)
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To: Ditter

My grandad had a male cat. One day it sprayed his LP record collection. Twenty years later you could still smell the cat urine on the sleeves. (valuable collection - one is an original Beatles LP, first one out).


23 posted on 06/25/2014 6:15:46 AM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: SkyDancer

LOL! Damn cat!


24 posted on 06/25/2014 6:18:58 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Gaffer

I bet that room smelled to high heaven of cat spray. We had a woman who had lots of feral cats around. her house smelled so bad it took your breath away when you went in.
Her car smelled, she smelled.

I always avoided going inside her house for any reason. I told the wife I would wait outside, YOU go in.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 6:39:45 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

swimming pools kill more children each year than guns. maybe pool owners need background checks.


26 posted on 06/25/2014 8:10:17 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (we shouldn't fear the government. the government should fear us.)
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To: Gaffer

Why was the GFI being used in that location? What was it intended to protect?


27 posted on 06/25/2014 9:11:55 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

Sometimes in dining rooms you will see them for buffet hot plates, griddles, coffee pots, food warmers and the like.

I assume that is what it was for. It was an upscale home so whoever built it assumed things like that might be used.

It was also not far from the kitchen so they just pulled the wire on around to the load side of the kitchen GFCO that protected all the outlets there.


28 posted on 06/25/2014 9:19:46 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

There’s a product call Urine Destroyer made especially for cat urine (spray). It works pretty well on relatively hard surfaces. Not so much on rugs.


29 posted on 06/25/2014 9:22:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: AppyPappy

AppyPappy, for the comment:
Those facts don’t fit their narrative.

30 posted on 06/25/2014 12:43:39 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: BobL
I swear to God judge, I was never officially informed, in writing, that failing to wash my hands of my own feces after defecating and before preparing and eating feces contaminated food, might be dangerous to my own and/or my families health!

Is that about right?

31 posted on 06/25/2014 9:01:31 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I recall the Museum of Science in Boston had uncovered electrical receptacles about 10 inches off the floor in a carpeted lounge area, with sofas, where people with small children could relax while kids crawled around on the carpet. They had a sign posted claiming that covers were not necessary on the receptacles because they were Ground Fault Interrupter protected(!). Even assuming that the potential shock was only transient, what happens when a kid pokes a bobby pin or paper clip between power and neutral. But, hey, they are the Museum of Science.


32 posted on 06/27/2014 5:08:05 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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