Boy tunnels into electric substation. Mother sues power company.


A potential Darwin Award in the making

A Canadian woman whose 9-year-old son tunneled into an electric sub-station and was badly burned is suing a Manitoba power utility for negligence.

The unidentified boy was one of four children who couldn’t get through a locked gate or over a high fence surrounding the transformer on May 29, 2006, so they dug a tunnel beneath the fence. The boy touched a live wire and was thrown 15 feet into the air and landed with extensive burns to his upper body.

The mother’s lawsuit alleges Manitoba Hydro was “aware of the inherent dangers connected with the power transformer … and in particular, the danger of allowing the site, which was alluring to children, to be accessed by them,” the report said.

The suit contends the boy was left with severe scarring and mental impairment.

The boy is also left with a mother who never taught him not to perform stupid self-destructive acts.

4 thoughts on “Boy tunnels into electric substation. Mother sues power company.

  1. Cinaedh says:

    When it comes to severe scarring and mental impairment, I’d have to act like an insurance company and check for pre-existing conditions.

    Odds are…

  2. K B says:

    The boy is also left with a mother who never taught him not to perform stupid self-destructive acts.

    1. The children are our future.
    2. The future cannot make mistakes.
    3. Therefore, our children can make no mistakes.

    What is it about this that you don’t understand?
    (Ask most any modern American parent to explain it to you.)

  3. Matthew says:

    No personal responsibility anymore. Blame everyone but yourself. If this woman wins and successfully sues hydro, it will just show what a joke Canada’s justice system has really become. This would be the most frivilous lawsuit I have ever heard.

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