Swimming pools can be hazardous places. It is vital that any hazards that present themselves are mitigated or reduced to not only prevent a swimmer from injuring themselves but also to prevent a lifeguard workplace accident. If you are a lifeguard or leisure centre worker, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. In other words, the employer must take reasonable steps to ensure the environment is safe and hygienic for its workers.
If your employer neglects health and safety standards, this can cause a lifeguard accident at work. Therefore, you could potentially claim compensation for any injuries incurred. If you meet the right criteria to claim compensation, Public Interest Lawyers can provide you with a skilled lawyer from our panel to handle your claim.
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- What Is A Lifeguard Workplace Accident?
- Who Could You Claim Compensation From?
- Causes Of A Lifeguard Workplace Accident
- How Common Are Accidents And Injuries In The Leisure Industry?
- Lifeguard Workplace Accident And Injury Claims Payouts
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A lifeguard workplace accident is an accident that happens to a lifeguard or leisure centre worker when they are at work, which could result in injury or illness. As we have mentioned, employers have a duty of care towards their staff. Swimming pools, gyms and leisure centre facilities must be as safe as can be reasonably expected to prevent accidents at work. To ensure their safety, employers could:
- Carry out regular inspections of equipment and perform routine maintenance of their amenities
- Conduct regular risk assessments to identify and control potential safety hazards
- Make sure employees have the appropriate training to carry out their jobs safely
It is also important that lifeguards have the correct qualifications and act responsibly. If you are a lifeguard injured in a swimming pool or gym accident, you could claim compensation if employer negligence led to your injuries.
To claim compensation for a lifeguard workplace accident, you will need to provide evidence to prove the following:
- Firstly, at the time of the accident, your employer owed you a duty of care.
- Secondly, there was negligence on your employer’s part.
- And as a result of the negligence, you were injured in a workplace accident.
Please get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers today to see if you are eligible to claim compensation.
When we think of accidents leading to a swimming pool illness or injury, we tend to think of patrons being at risk. However, facilities should always consider the lifeguard’s health and safety. The following health and safety hazards can cause accidents at a swimming pool.
- Wet floors can cause a slip-and-fall accident at work
- Likewise, a missing or cracked floor tile can cause a trip and fall accident
- If a lifeguard becomes trapped underwater, there is a drowning risk
- Swimming pools need to use chemicals to treat the water to control legionella and other infectious agents
- And hazardous chemicals at work could injure a lifeguard; if they do not have the correct training or PPE, they may suffer injuries.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 instructs workplaces on what to do if they discover hazards to a worker or visitor’s health and safety. The workplace must repair or remove a hazard, where possible. Otherwise, the workplace must apply control measures to minimise the risk, for example, providing workers with the correct PPE.
What Injuries Could Lifeguards Suffer?
If a lifeguard accident at work takes place, lifeguards can experience the following injuries:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries after a fall
- Broken bones at work
Every year the Health and Safety Executive publishes statistics on the number of fatal injuries at work that happen each year. The statistics are taken from reports of injuries by employers to the HSE under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
Exact statistics for workplace injuries in the leisure industry are not available. However, we can look at fatal accidents, as a whole, across all industries.
Fatal accidents to workers and employees in 2021/22:
- 5 drowning or asphyxiation accidents
- 47 falls from height accidents
- 2 slip, trip or fall on the same level accidents
- 2 exposure to a hazardous substance accidents
How To Claim For A Lifeguard Accident
To make a personal injury claim after an accident at work, you will need evidence to support what you are saying. Use your medical records as evidence to support your claim.
You can also use CCTV footage of the accident, witness statements and photographs of the hazard that caused your injuries as evidence to support your compensation claim. If you wish to claim compensation for a lifeguard injury at work, please contact Public Interest Lawyers for free legal advice.
You could receive a general damage payment if you win your lifeguard workplace accident and injury claim. This will compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your injuries caused.
Solicitors use the Judicial College guidelines (JCG) to help them value general damages. The compensation brackets in the table below are based on the 16th edition of these guidelines.
|Types Of Injury
|Guidelines On Payouts
|Head Injury – Moderate C (i)
|£150,110 – £219,070
|A head injury which caused the person to suffer an intellectual deficit and changes to their personality.
|Back Injury – Severe A (i)
|£91,090 – £160,980
|Spinal cord damage causing pain and disability. This could lead to a level of paralysis.
|Back Injury – Moderate B (ii)
|£12,510 – £27,760
|Including ligament damage or muscle disturbances.
|Back Injury – Moderate B (i)
|£27,760 – £38,780
|May include injuries such as crush fractures.
|Neck Injury – Severe A (ii)
|£65,740 – £130,930
|Serious neck fractures or injuries to the cervical spinal disc(s).
|Neck Injury – Moderate B (i)
|£24,990 – £38,490
|A fracture, dislocation or similar form of injury.
|Hand Injury – Moderate H
|£5,720 – £13,280
|Injuries to the soft tissues such as penetrating wounds or deep lacerations.
|Elbow Injury C
|Maximum of £12,590
|Minor fractures, tennis elbow syndrome, and lacerations.
|Knee Injury – Moderate B (ii)
|Maximum of £13,740
|Twisting, lacerations or bruises.
|Foot Injury – Modest G
|Maximum of £13,740
|This could include a laceration or fracture.
Of course, the compensation you receive may vary if your claim succeeds. So, please contact Public Interest Lawyers who can value your claim.
You might also receive special damages compensation. Special damages compensate you for the financial losses associated with your injuries. Here are some examples of special damages:
- Medical expenses
- Travel costs and parking expenses
- Care costs
- Reimbursement for loss of earnings
- If you have a serious accident and become disabled, you can claim compensation to cover the cost of adapting your home or purchasing mobility equipment.
Public Interest Lawyers work with a skilled panel of personal injury solicitors with solid experience helping people claim compensation.
Many claimants choose a No Win No Fee option to fund the services they receive. When you choose No Win No Fee, you benefit from not paying a solicitors fee before or during the claims process. You will instead pay a success fee if your claim succeeds. Under The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, the success fee is capped.
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No Win No Fee Claim Resources
These online resources may be helpful if you wish to make a workplace injury claim.
Swimming pool management: Leisure activities – a guide from HSE
Health and safety for leisure activities – an HSE guide
Water safety – a guide from RoSPA
If you have more questions about making a lifeguard workplace accident claim, please get in touch with our team today for free legal advice.