A jury in Minnesota has awarded $4.6 Million in a lawsuit against Crow Wing Power, a utility company. The Plaintiffs Randy and Peggy Norman, whose milk cows were injured or killed by “stray voltage” on their dairy farm, sued the utility company for damages. Their claim was that the utility was negligent in the delivery of electricity to the farm. The Plaintiffs lost their entire dairy herd due to electricity coursing through the farm for 20 years. Crow Wing had been asked repeatedly to help address the problem with the herd and its diminished milk production.
An independent test for strong voltage was performed in 2011 and the tests came back positive. It appears that a “buried line” designed to carry “current” back to a substation, was causing the problem. At the plaintiffs’ request, Crow Wing had made some upgrades to their system, but failed to replace the buried line. The tests revealed that the buried line was working improperly and carrying current through the ground and into the “grounding system” of the dairy farm. The plaintiffs had closed their businesses in 2012.
Source: Claims Journal
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