Bound by a legal duty of care towards employees and pool users, pool operators are required to ensure pool water is free of contamination by biological or chemical agents, likely to affect the health and safety of said employees or visitors. Keeping pool water free of contaminants requires a sophisticated, powerful filtration system.
Filtration systems in themselves are a potential risk to workers and pool visitors. Water is filtered by powerful pumps sucking water out of the pool, filtering out contaminants, and returning the cleaned water into the pool. Children, poor swimmers, or workers unaware of the potential risks while working on such outlets could easily become entrapped by the suction generated by the system. In order to prevent accidental injuries by suction entrapment, protective grids must be securely in place at all times. Necessary maintenance work should only be carried out by trained personnel, and by strict adherence to relevant safety procedures.
Work injuries resulting from suction entrapment because workers were not trained properly and/ or safety procedures were not outlined or followed correctly, may entitle the injured individual to work accident compensation.
In a similar manner, faulty or poorly maintained safety grids, and other related equipment, may lead to accidental injuries qualifying victims for personal injury compensation. This applies to both visitors and pool employees.
Public liability claims
If you were injured by suction entrapment, or other pool accidents, due to a pool operator’s breech of duty of care within the last few years (maximum of three years), you may be eligible to initiate a compensation claim. This applies to all types of accident within the pool environment, including slips, trips and falls; diving board and other equipment related accidents; contaminated pool water, and so forth.
Call a friendly Accident Advice Helpline adviser to find out whether you may have reason to claim compensation for your injury. The free-phone number is available every day of the week, 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500, and calls are dealt with in strict confidentiality and without obligation to pursue a claim through this law firm.
Another easy method of determining whether a workplace accident or personal pool accident compensation claim is likely to succeed, is to go online and fill in the compensation calculator provided on this law firm’s website. This quick and easy to complete calculator is also known as the 30-second test and will help to determine claim eligibility.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown