LAKE OZARK, MO (KMOX)-Like about half the docks at the Lake of the Ozarks, the dock where two children were electrocuted Wednesday, was not subject to inspection.
Investigators say the dock where 13-year-old Alexandra Anderson and her and 8-year-old brother Brayden Anderson were killed, was not ‘ground fault protected’, which allowed electricity from devices on the dock to travel into the water.
Lake Ozark Fire Protection District Fire Marshal James Doyle tells KMOX that Ameren gives permission for docks to be installed but electrical inspections are left to the local fire protection districts.
Doyle says six districts do inspect within their boundaries, but outside those boundaries each owner is on their own, “If you’re not in an area that’s being inspected I’d have a qualified electrician to put it in and do your research with Ameren, they’ve got the information there to be safe.”
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Doyle says the current system works well in those districts that do inspect. As for expanding inspections to cover the entire lake, he says that would be expensive and, unless they get a lot of help, physically impossible, “Each of the six fire districts have one to two personnel per department that is qualified to do this. Now you’re going to hit us with 60,000 docks, besides our normal jobs?”