The headlines are often punctuated with claims of a health and safety culture gone mad. As a law firm with over 15 years’ experience in all personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline understands the importance of a strict health and safety policy in any public place. However, we strive to provide genuine advice to all of our clients and sometimes this involves busting the myths of some of the most bizarre alleged cases of health and safety breaches. In this article, we take a look at one such bogus myth, children being compelled to wear swimming hats during swimming lessons.
Why would children be forced to wear swimming hats during lessons?
Swimming pools are a common place to contract a particularly nasty infection and it’s important to take precautions in order to prevent the transmission of illnesses. Swimming hats are normally worn to make the body more aerodynamic when in the water and reduce the drag effect that hair has on the body. Although wearing a swimming hat could possibly prevent the transmission of head lice, the events of the above case have turned out to be bogus; children have not been forced to wear swimming hats during lessons, at least not in the name of health and safety…
What is the truth then?
The HSE stepped in to comment on this oft-cited case of alleged health and safety gone mad. The HSE stated that it is not their policy to compel children to wear swimming hats while attending swimming lessons. The HSE did however state that pool management may require children to wear hats during swimming lessons for purposes of easy identification. The HSE explicitly stated that this is the individual choice of pool management and that health and safety should not be used as an excuse if this policy is enforced.
Although the facts of the case appear to be highly dubious, swimming pools still generate many incidents which may require medical treatment, not least the high risk of slipping, tripping and falling on a wet surface, or contracting Legionnaire’s Disease. If you’ve been injured at a swimming pool possibly as the result of a slip, trip or fall, then you may be entitled to claim compensation provided this wasn’t your fault and occurred within the last 3 years. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 where a friendly and professional adviser is waiting to take your call.