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I must admit Obs after seeing it on the news tonight my initial thought was 'why on earth did they climb through the broken fence and then climb onto a rail wagon in the first place'.

 

It was apparently a disused depot so maybe because of that the teenagers thought there was no real danger.

 

Very sad indeed and kids often do things without thinking as do adults but knowing that there was an issue with trespassers and that live wires carrying 25,000 volts were still active then the company should have done more to safeguard the place.

 

IMO sadly both are to blame in a way and so are the parents for not warning their kids about the dangers of railways and trespassing (Ouch... tin hat already on just incase)

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Agree, that firms should secure their premises against trespass, but it's not always possible to maintain absolute security. Seems to me, that if someone illegally enters a restricted area, they do so at their own risk. After all, if they were in Africa, would they go swimming in a river full of crocodiles - errm, then again, perhaps they would, and it seems UK law would blame the Safari Park.. :roll:

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I have to agree Obs. It is up to the general public to respect private property (and the railways are private property). If someone was to enter your house with a view to stealing your stereo and managed to electrocute himself in the process there would surely be no arguement that you should have made more effort in preventing the thief from getting in your house.

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In this day and age it is anybody but the kids or parents.

 

When I were a lad it was the kids first then the parents. (and if you did get hurt whilst trespassing you usually got hurt again when you got better for doing it in the first place)

 

It does not matter how well you secure your premises or how many warning signs you put up personal injury specialist will be happy to pursue a claim against you or your company secure in the knowledge that they have a very very good chance of finding some loophole that will make you the offender and not the victim. Sad but true.

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I have to agree Obs. It is up to the general public to respect private property (and the railways are private property). If someone was to enter your house with a view to stealing your stereo and managed to electrocute himself in the process there would surely be no arguement that you should have made more effort in preventing the thief from getting in your house.

 

There again Asp, this is the UK so it would probably be your fault.

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So it would appear that the modern take on this is: that it's always someone else's fault, backed up be our Judges and with compen pursued by lawyers? :roll:

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