Swimming pool operators are required by law to comply with the general duties toward their employees and the public, as outlined under the 1974 Health & Safety at Work/in Public Places Act and related regulations. This includes compliance with the amended 2002 COSHH (‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations’), and the pool operators’ Code of Practice as published by PWTAG (‘Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group‘).
Swimming pool accidents
In essence, these regulations and PWTAG’s code of practice make it clear that pool owners and operators are required to keep pool water free of hazardous biological, and/or chemical agents, likely to cause injury to pool users. In other words, they are required to protect users’ health and safety by regularly monitoring the levels of such substances within the water, and take the necessary precautions and measures to prevent build-up of/reduce these levels to acceptable amounts. Responsible filtration and monitoring equipment must be maintained adequately to ensure full functionality at all times.
Injury by contaminated water
Contaminated pool water may cause injuries or illnesses through contact with the swimmer’s skin or by accidental ingestion. Injuries and illnesses caused by contact with or ingestion of contaminated water may result in allergic rashes and/or breathing difficulties; bacterial or viral infections, internal or external chemical burns, apoplectic shock, and other related issues. If you were made ill or injured by contaminants in pool water, you may be eligible to claim for injury compensation.
Pool accidents at work
In a similar fashion, pool employees injured at work by contact with contaminated water are also eligible to claim for work injury compensation. In either case, the incident resulting in injury or illness must have occurred no more than 36 months ago, and be the result of a breech of duty of care on the pool operator’s part. In other words, they must be the result of non-compliance with the above stated regulations and code of practice.
Accident Advice Helpline
Claims for compensation can be initiated by calling Accident Advice Helpline Freephone number on 0800 689 0500, or by visiting our website and completing the 30-second test, or, as it is better known, the compensation calculator.
Calls are answered by experienced advisers on a confidential, no-obligation basis. Once the decision that a claim is justified has been made, and the caller wishes to go ahead, a legal expert working on a no-win, no-fee basis will provide the necessary support to successfully complete the claim.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown