Whenever you plan to take a group of children on a field trip to a swimming pool, you can expect a couple of minor slips, trips and falls to occur around the poolside.
Yet teachers and swimming centres have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your child when they are on their field trip to a swimming pool. As such, if your child has sustained an injury while on their field trip to a swimming pool, you may be left wondering exactly where liability lies for the harm they have suffered.
Liability for a field trip to a swimming pool
When a school chooses to take a year group on a field trip to a swimming pool, they must undertake a thorough risk assessment well in advance of the day out. This risk assessment highlights any hazards or health and safety issues the children could face when on their school trip.
With this information to hand, teachers and assistants minimise the risk of children in their care experiencing an accident or sustaining an injury when on a field trip to a swimming pool.
When teachers fail to take this measure, or do not adequately supervise children in their care, the school can be liable for any swimming pool injuries.
In addition to this duty of care, the swimming centre also has a legal obligation to ensure that the swimming pool is well maintained. This includes pool chlorine levels, clean changing areas and toileting facilities, and appropriate signage, for example.
In the case where children slip due to insufficient gripped flooring, or cut themselves on an uncovered pool vent, the swimming centre management can be held liable for the injuries sustained.
Claiming compensation for swimming pool accidents
Whether your child fell at the swimming baths, or suffered a severe pool-related ailment, Accident Advice Helpline can help you recover the compensation your child is entitled to.
For more information on how to claim personal injury compensation, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.
Call us today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice