The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.
A fire district map supplied by Ameren shows which part of the lake is in which fire district. All docks must be inspected for electrical safety before receiving a permit. Several bills have been submitted in Jefferson City recently to make this a requirement throughout the state of Missouri. The bills are named after 13-year-old Alexandra M. Anderson and eight-year-old Brayden M. Anderson of Ashland, MO, who died of electrocution in 2012 while swimming in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Published January 24, 2018
Dock safety act named after child electrocution deaths
JEFFERSON CITY Multiple bills have been introduced in the state capitol to enact the Alexandra and Brayden Anderson Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Act.
This act is in commemoration of 13-year-old Alexandra M. Anderson and eight-year-old Brayden M. Anderson of Ashland, MO, who died of electrocution in 2012.
On July 4, 2012, the children were swimming near a dock at the 6.5 Mile Marker.
Several adults were able to remove the children from the water and start cardio pulmonary resuscitation before emergency medical services arrived, the Missouri State Highway Patrol stated
The sister and brother were transported to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach where they were pronounced dead.
Though the lake area fire districts have been inspecting docks for electrical issues for some time, this bill (if becoming law) would put standards in place for the entire state.
Two of the bills introduced (HB 1682 and SB 622) are identical in the proposed act.
The bill would require all primary patrol lake boats operated by the Water Patrol Division of the State Highway Patrol to be equipped with an automatic external defibrillator and staffed by at least one person trained by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or an equivalent nationally recognized course in the use of such equipment.
The act also requires all water patrol officers to be trained in rescuing victims of electrocution injuries and the use of external defibrillator devices on such victims.
In addition, all property owners with electricity on their docks will be required to have a proper electrical grounding and bonding system and a functioning shoreline to dock ground fault circuit interrupter.
Beginning September 15, 2018 (if the bill becomes law) all newly constructed docks with electricity, all existing dock modifications with electricity, and all changes in ownership of a dock with electricity shall be inspected.
Dock permitting authorities will be required to mail to every dock permit holder a notice of inspection requirements on an annual basis. No dock permit shall be issued without written documentation of such inspection.
If a safety hazard or unsafe condition is found by anyone, the fire protection district or local law enforcement authority shall be notified and respond to the hazard.
If the fire protection district or law enforcement authority finds a potentially life-threatening condition, they may require the dock owner to de-energize the dock.
After the hazard is made safe, such person shall have an inspection prior to the dock being reenergized.
According to Ameren (who issues the dock permits) lake area fire districts and the Village of Four Seasons require a permit and inspection when installing or modifying a dock and any time work is being performed on the electrical system of a dock.
Dock owners have to contact the appropriate inspection agency for assistance with their permit and inspection.
Those who live in other areas not covered by the entities listed below are required to hire a qualified electrician to inspect the dock.
City of Camdenton
Lake Ozark Fire Protection District
Mid-County Fire Protection District
Northwest Fire Protection District
Osage Beach Fire Protection District
Rocky Mount Fire Protection District
Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District
Village of Four Seasons
Both of the bills were proposed earlier this month have yet to make their way through the system for possible approval.
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