Boy electrocuted trying to dry off horse with a fan

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Sun-Times story from Jul 9, 2010, titled Boy electrocuted trying to dry off horse with a fan. In it, Chicago Sun-Times reports that:

An 11-year-old boy was electrocuted by a fan he turned on to dry a horse in his family's barn in New Lenox Township.

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poorkid

Tinley Park, IL

#42 Jul 12, 2010
RIP CHASE
a caring friend

Chicago, IL

#43 Jul 13, 2010
i think you should keep your own comments. me not being a family member and having the privilege to have met there son and family know they watch there kids but also gave them responsibilities and him having this as his chore he did it on his own! instead of saying it was idiotic you should know what happened and who he was. a bright kid with love for his farm animals that's who! and yes anything could happen at anytime with anything him not knowing the fan had been short-circuited,sadly left his family and may rest in a better place
a caring friend

Chicago, IL

#44 Jul 13, 2010
something might happen wrote:
Whoa, you are not helping. Washed a Horse a 100 times? As a city girl, i assume you don't wash them in the winter here? so 100 times when did they start? age 8? A child may be allowed to say work with a parent, but with supervision. Say, in a Family owned Burger joint. They could be able to make a hotdog and pour some cokes but not allowed to use the grill or deep fryer. Isn't there safety codes for farms? and restricted areas for children? Maybe there should be? As a city girl, their fans are on the ceiling and turned on by a switch.
really he did that chore plenty of time
! me being a city girl to city things that can be dangerous in there eyes how is using a fan dangerous it was an accident what don't use ignorant people get.maybe your a little bit over protective but most city kids grow up alone doing it on there own.he had guidance and responsibilities he was caring and if you seen your kid hot outside in summer would you let them play in the sprinkler? harm less right'' wrong they could fall,slip, run in the street get hit. now him being caring how he was watered down his horse so it wouldn't be so hot and accidentally was electrocuted? farm rules and regulations hello people its not a like a family restaurant helping around is your chore working in food industries is WORKING!just like apartment kids learn to feed a fish and change there water farm kids learn to tend livestock and wash them. i think my point is pretty clear other wise its a waste of time if you don't get it Chase was a good kid and a fine wrestler former champ" he was 11 and probably accomplished more than any of use talking smack about him on here rest in peace chase" ill never forget when i went to your farm and you gave me the tour even with the lamas!♥
sigmund freud

Bolingbrook, IL

#45 Jul 13, 2010
I wonder why they didnt have a GFI outlet in the barn.Usualy near water or where water will be used you always install a 10.00 GFI outlet. It would have kicked off the milly second that fan hit the water and that young boy would be alive today.Let this be a lesson to people that are to cheap to install a 10.00 outlet that can save a life.Wake Up People!!!
Whoa

Gary, IN

#46 Jul 13, 2010
sigmund freud wrote:
I wonder why they didnt have a GFI outlet in the barn.Usualy near water or where water will be used you always install a 10.00 GFI outlet. It would have kicked off the milly second that fan hit the water and that young boy would be alive today.Let this be a lesson to people that are to cheap to install a 10.00 outlet that can save a life.Wake Up People!!!
Your probably right, but it was a barn and we all take electricity for granted and I know we all have been places like cottages and old buildings and we don't even think about it. And GFI outlets don't always work right either. Don't waste your money on the $10.00 ones buy the $25-$30 ones. The $10.00 ones will keep popping and then you'll get ticked and put in a regular outlet. Thats what my husband did and I ended up changing the one in my bathroom myself.
Dude from the West

Columbia, SC

#47 Jul 13, 2010
disgusted wrote:
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What's wrong with this country? People like you, that's who.
What kind of person would call that child an idiot and blame the parents after they just lost their son! Don't you think that they feel bad enough without socially inept people making them feel worse? Unless you're a flawless person who has never made a mistake in your life then you need to shut up, mind your own business and crawl back under the rock that you live under.
Who's on first, what's on second....I dont know's on third
something might happen

Alsip, IL

#48 Jul 13, 2010
Thank you Sigmund.A great answer. As to the Pretty Pony people and the teens that posted recently ; just a barn? Is on the Farm. A Horse is livestock. In many Farm Safety for children websites , most all say 13 yrs or older to help or assist. That means someone else supervising a 13 years old. Farms have to follow safety rules too. Any child that age can not safely handle a 900+ lb animal. This was a job for a much older person to be done and have the knowledge for it to be safe.
Whoa

Gary, IN

#49 Jul 13, 2010
something might happen wrote:
Thank you Sigmund.A great answer. As to the Pretty Pony people and the teens that posted recently ; just a barn? Is on the Farm. A Horse is livestock. In many Farm Safety for children websites , most all say 13 yrs or older to help or assist. That means someone else supervising a 13 years old. Farms have to follow safety rules too. Any child that age can not safely handle a 900+ lb animal. This was a job for a much older person to be done and have the knowledge for it to be safe.
Hope you don't spill your coffee on your computer when fido jumps in your lap and your barefoot with your feet hanging around the power cords. Just remember in China, fido is livestock too.
Not Often

Chicago, IL

#50 Jul 13, 2010
Whoa wrote:
<quoted text>Hope you don't spill your coffee on your computer when fido jumps in your lap and your barefoot with your feet hanging around the power cords. Just remember in China, fido is livestock too.
It is a rare occasion when you and I agree about something Lansing, but I am with you on this one. That person is in complete denial about the cause of this terrible tragedy, knows nothing about horses, and comes across as a nut!
My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to Chase's family and friends.
Whoa

Gary, IN

#51 Jul 13, 2010
Not Often wrote:
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It is a rare occasion when you and I agree about something Lansing, but I am with you on this one. That person is in complete denial about the cause of this terrible tragedy, knows nothing about horses, and comes across as a nut!
My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to Chase's family and friends.
Agree and have a nice day.
ABC

Chicago, IL

#52 Jul 13, 2010
Terrible tragedy. My sympathies to the family.
love them

United States

#54 Jul 13, 2010
I am very good friends with the Niemeier's and when I heard that there were some not nice things written here, I was furious...so I come on to see and realize that it is 2 stupid people that have no idea and 10 wonderful people. Unfortunately, Chase passed away due to a tragic accident and this can happen to any of our children due to many various situations. The Niemeier family has been surrounded by a wonderful group of family, friends, and community and it is a testiment to how wonderful and loved they are. I have sent my son over to their home many times to help with chores - it has always been so good for him - and I will continue to send my children to help in any way they can. All I know is that I am one of the lucky ones to say that I might not be blood related to the Niemeier family, but they have sure treated us all with more love and caring than many people get from their own families and I am lucky to have spent many days with Chase. He is a boy that touched many and we will remember him with love forever. So whoever is judgemental and mean -I just feel sorry for you because you obviously don't have the love in your life that the Niemeier's are known for.
Common sense

United States

#55 Jul 13, 2010
love them wrote:
I am very good friends with the Niemeier's and when I heard that there were some not nice things written here, I was furious...so I come on to see and realize that it is 2 stupid people that have no idea and 10 wonderful people. Unfortunately, Chase passed away due to a tragic accident and this can happen to any of our children due to many various situations. The Niemeier family has been surrounded by a wonderful group of family, friends, and community and it is a testiment to how wonderful and loved they are. I have sent my son over to their home many times to help with chores - it has always been so good for him - and I will continue to send my children to help in any way they can. All I know is that I am one of the lucky ones to say that I might not be blood related to the Niemeier family, but they have sure treated us all with more love and caring than many people get from their own families and I am lucky to have spent many days with Chase. He is a boy that touched many and we will remember him with love forever. So whoever is judgemental and mean -I just feel sorry for you because you obviously don't have the love in your life that the Niemeier's are known for.
Great post
annoyed

Orland Park, IL

#56 Jul 13, 2010
something might happen wrote:
Thank you for Horse 101. I have admitted in am in the dark when it comes to them. A family Pet to me is like a dog. You could ride a big dog and if you fell off, it wouldn't kill you. Wash a Horse, perhaps i would bring it to the car wash. I am OK with children working and helping parents but there is an age at supervision needed. Because, something might happen. http://www.stopchildlabor.org/USchildlabor/fa...
Child Labor?? Are you nuts?? The boy was only helping the horse. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!! Your kids could get hit by a car crossing the street, would it be your fault? No, an accident!
annoyed

Orland Park, IL

#57 Jul 13, 2010
Truth Hurts wrote:
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Two people with logic and common sense. We are both in Hickory Hills! Trust me, I have no fear whatsoever of my town. Hickory is very safe, clean, well-maintained, low crime, culturally diverse, anti-racist, third-party town. I am very proud of Hickory Hills, Justice, Bridgeview, Willow Springs, and Bedford Park. There aren't many towns like them.
To you, you are on my side. Don't let the right-wing lies and hate get you. I have been trying to convince some rural area users that liking Bush is wrong. Stand up for yourself and what is right. Parents need to be overprotective sometimes for the child's own good. A child may wonder why he or she cannot do something. Then, if the child has a brain, as an adult thanks the parents for raising them the right way. It's common in Hickory Hills, and I wish it was more common in the rural towns. My deepest sympathies to the family. I mean that. Does anyone know (accident or not) how nasty that was? I am glad to get opposition on this forum because I don't friends from Will County. I simply want to teach people how to use their brains.
Now I know why you sound like an idiot. You think Hickory Hills, Justice, Bridgeview, and Bedford Park are nice! Haha! You need to get out more often!
fact check

Carpentersville, IL

#58 Jul 14, 2010
from what I understand, he was washing his DOG in the barn. The hose in hand, tried to turn on/off hte fan and there you go. An accident any adult might do.

This is an extremely unfortunate and horrid thing. For anyone to judge this family is sick. I don't know them, but know people who do and I have not heard one bad thing.

To me, giving kids chores/responsibility is a GOOD thing and more parents should do this.

Leave these peope alone, let their friends and family support them and help heal as best they can. Their lives are forever changed.

This thread must end.
Common Sense

Joliet, IL

#59 Jul 14, 2010
sigmund freud wrote:
I wonder why they didnt have a GFI outlet in the barn.Usualy near water or where water will be used you always install a 10.00 GFI outlet. It would have kicked off the milly second that fan hit the water and that young boy would be alive today.Let this be a lesson to people that are to cheap to install a 10.00 outlet that can save a life.Wake Up People!!!
Hey Sigmund - not. It's a barn, dude! It probably has been there a long time before they invented the GFI. Also, a GFI is not placed everywhere. Look around your own house. You only have it near water. Perhaps the area where he plugged the fan in had no water near it - duh. He put the fan in place and then brought the hose near the fan. Are you seriously all there? Think outside the box and other reasons this could of happenened. He's a kid - they make mistakes! This was a mistake and NOBODY'S fault! I hope you kid does not make a mistake.
Common Sense

Joliet, IL

#60 Jul 14, 2010
caring wrote:
why is everyone writing about horses?
a kid dyed for crying out loud RIP
and it was the parents fault.
You seriously SUCK. The parents fault? You better pray to GOD that your kid never makes a mistake then everyone will blame you!
Chuck

Chicago, IL

#61 Jul 14, 2010
Hey something might happen. You say you are a city girl but you are from the burb? Are you the safety inspector for IL. The kid was doing something he liked and it was an accident. Why do idiots comment!
sigmund freud

Bolingbrook, IL

#62 Jul 14, 2010
annoyed wrote:
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Child Labor?? Are you nuts?? The boy was only helping the horse. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!! Your kids could get hit by a car crossing the street, would it be your fault? No, an accident!
It was the parents fault for not having a GFI outle in their barn.It is a code requirement for all garages to have them. That was the factor in the kids death.He would be alive if they had one. Thats a fact jack!!!!

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