DROWNING AND UNSAFE SWIMMING FACILITIES
Swimming is a favourite pastime for many South Africans. However, a fun day out in the sun can quickly turn into a tragedy when swimming facilities are not secured, operated and maintained properly.
It was reported in April 2014, that drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury related deaths with an estimated 359 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.
Common causes for accidents at swimming facilities include:
- Slippery surfaces
- Murky water
- Improper pool maintenance
- Improper or defective gates and fences
- Overcrowded swimming facilities
- Distracted or undertrained lifeguards
- Defective swimming pool drains
- Inadequately marked shallow or deep ends.
Even when fatal drowning is avoided, serious injuries can be associated with accidents at swimming facilities including:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Orthopaedic injuries
Talk to a Drowning and Swimming Facilities specialist advisor today