While there is no specific legislation with regards to health and safety in swimming pools, operators are legally required to protect both employees, and pool users, against personal injury by ensuring provided equipment is fully functional and suitable for use in and around pools, by visitors and employees. This includes regular maintenance checks for potential defects, and appropriate risk assessments. Details with regards to this requirement can be found in the ‘Managing health & safety in swimming pools’ HSE guidance publication: (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg179.pdf).
Pool accidents caused by defective equipment may cause an array of different injuries. Possibilities range from faulty electrical equipment leading to electrocutions or burns, to cuts, bruises or broken bones caused by inadequately maintained lockers, pathways, diving boards, or play equipment; from viral or bacterial infections caused by poorly maintained pool hygiene or maintenance equipment, to injuries or even death caused by faulty first aid equipment, and anything in between.
Pool employees injured by defective equipment without fault of their own, within the past three years, may be eligible for work injury compensation. Eligibility can be easily determined via Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator, or by calling one of Accident Advice Helpline’s advisers for a confidential, no-obligation chat.
Pool visitors injured by defective equipment, or slips, falls and trips, on swimming pool premises may also be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Here, too, consulting the compensation calculator or calling Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone number on 0800 689 0500 will assist in determining compensation claim eligibility.
Making compensation claims
Whether you were injured by defective equipment in a work accident, or as a swimming pool visitor, if the accident was no fault of your own and happened within a period of no more than 36 months prior to initiating the claim, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in successfully conducting your claim for compensation. Often conducted entirely by telephone on 0800 689 0500, claims can often be brought to satisfactory conclusions without claimants having to attend court hearings.
The cost of compensation claims
Services offered by the legal experts of Accident Advice Helpline are invariably provided under conditional fee agreements. Commonly referred to as no-win, no-fee provision of services.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown