Hotel Pool Channel Proves Dangerous

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Tom Griffiths, Ed.D., Aquatic Safety Expert
Several years ago, hotels began constructing indoor/outdoor pools with a connecting “swim-through” channel so that guests could swim from the indoor pool, through a channel into the outdoor pool. While this concept was unique, interesting, and attractive, it had several significant design flaws. Most important to this case, when built in the northern climates above the Mason-Dixon line, during the winter months the cold water in the outdoor pool would infiltrate and chill the water in the indoor pool through the channel. Because both pools were connected, and on the same circulation system, one pool could not be drained without draining the other. Continue reading “Hotel Pool Channel Proves Dangerous”

Woman Injures Herself Discharging From Waterslide

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Thomas J. Griffiths, Ed.D., Aquatic Safety Consultant ::::
A young mother took her two children to a family leisure pool with water slides at an aquatic facility. According to her testimony, after taking a few successful slides down a large, fast waterslide, the woman asked the lifeguard on duty if she could go down the waterslide laying on her stomach. Although her testimony was that the lifeguard said she could go down the slide in this inappropriate and unsafe manner, the lifeguard on duty denied it. There were large, visible signs posted at the slide, which clearly stated that all riders should be seated in an upright position or laying down on their backs; all other riding positions were prohibited. Because the woman slid down the slide blindly, with her face towards the flume, she was unable to see when she would be discharged into the shallow water, and therefore could not properly prepare for impact by flexing her knees. Due to her blind and dangerous backward position, she severely injured her foot and ankle. This lawsuit went to trial and the jury deliberated for approximately ten minutes and rendered a verdict for the defense.
Lessons learned: Waterslides are designed for safety. With lifeguards positioned both at the top and the bottom of each slide, they are typically very safe. Most slide injuries are caused by rider misbehavior. Perhaps the most significant finding in this case was the woman signed a waiver prior to entering the waterpark releasing the aquatic facility of responsibility if she became injured during her use of the facility.
Verdict for the defense.
Thomas J. Griffiths, Ed.D., Aquatic Safety Consultant with DJS Associates, can be reached via email at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.

Belly First Down the Waterslide

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Thomas J. Griffiths, Ed.D., Aquatic Safety Expert ::::
A young mother took her two children to a family leisure pool with water slides at a mid-western aquatic facility. According to her testimony, after taking a few successful slides down a large, fast waterslide, the woman asked the lifeguard on duty if she could go down the waterslide laying on her stomach. Although her testimony was that the lifeguard said she could go down the slide in this inappropriate and unsafe manner, the lifeguard on duty denied it. Also, the large signs posted at the slide clearly stated that all riders should be seated in an upright position, or laying down on their backs; all other riding positions were prohibited. Since the woman slid down the slide blindly, with her face towards the flume, she was unable to see when she would be discharged into the shallow water and could not prepare for impact by flexing her knees.
Lessons learned: Waterslides are designed for safety. With lifeguards positioned both at the top and the bottom of the each slide, they are typically very safe. Most slide injuries are caused by rider misbehavior. Perhaps the most significant finding in this case was the woman signed a waiver prior to entering the waterpark releasing the aquatic facility of responsibility if she became injured during her use of the facility. Continue reading “Belly First Down the Waterslide”