While no specific laws concerning health and safety at public swimming pools exist, pool operators are bound by the 1974 Act for Health & Safety at Work, the 1999 Regulations for Management of Health & Safety at Work and similar relevant legislation to protect the health and safety of both employees and users of their establishments. According to the Health & Safety Executive’s guidelines, ‘Managing health and safety in swimming pools’ (§§ 16, 132 to 135 and 183 to 184), this includes provision of adequate supervision. While many countries have similar laws and regulations, others do not. As a result, not all public swimming pools overseas are suitably supervised.
Public swimming pools overseas
Unfortunately, health and safety appears of comparatively minor interest in some countries. As a result, visitors to public swimming pools overseas may, depending on their location, not only find pools unsupervised, they may also be exposed to an increased risk of slips, trips and falls, as well as a potential risk of contracting all manner of unpleasant diseases in poorly-maintained, contaminated pools.
Swimming pool accidents
If someone is injured by an accident in a public swimming pool in the UK (regardless of whether this is a slip, trip or fall, near-drowning incident or other pool accident), existing legislation ensures they have the right to claim for personal injury compensation if their accident occurred in the last 36 months and was the result of the pool operator’s negligence or another user’s misconduct.
Claiming for compensation following accidents at public swimming pools overseas can be more difficult due to this lack of relevant legislation, but does not have to prove impossible.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our legal team has 15 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims related to pool or pool-side accidents both in the UK and abroad. While there is never a guarantee that a claim will indeed be successfully settled, this kind of experience goes a long way toward ensuring success.
No win no fee*
As our in-house lawyers all operate under conditional (no win no fee*) agreements, the risk of suffering major financial losses in case a claim is ultimately rejected is minimal.
To evaluate your chances of successfully making a personal injury claim following an injury by slipping, tripping or falling or any other kind of pool-related accident at home or abroad, complete our 30-second test or call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (for calls from landlines or mobiles respectively).
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown