The Pool and Spa Inspection Operators app provides detailed checklists that can be completed on a mobile device for the following areas: signs, safety features, chemicals, water clarity and general pool conditions, water circulation, pool facilities and general operation. This app also offers customization for pool or aquatic centers needs.
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Hospitality Industry Safety Solutions: “Hotel Pool Safety Inspection Checklist Mobile App” Represents Latest Mobile Technology For Hotel Managers (Video)
Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: Illinois Hotel Faces Second Lawsuit For “Emotional Distress” Resulting From Drowning Of Young Boy; “Failure To Maintain Pool By Not Installing Phone And Posting Emergency Numbers”
“…the suit alleges Pheasant Run Resort and Spa, McArdle Ltd., and Oakbrook Hotels and Resorts should be held liable for the emotional distress caused to Carlos Escobar, who was 12 when he saw his stepbrother drown. Both lawsuits argue the resort failed to maintain the pool properly by not posting emergency numbers or installing a phone at the pool…”
A Belvidere teen, who saw a relative drown at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles more than five years ago, has sued the resort and hotel, claiming emotional distress. The suit, filed this month in Kane County court, is the second involving the Dec. 28, 2007, drowning of Javier Gonzalez, 21, of Garden Prairie, Ill.
A wrongful-death suit was filed in 2009 by the mother of the drowning victim. Daniel Murphy, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs in both lawsuits, declined to comment.
The suit also claims the resort was cited by the DuPage County Health Department at least seven times for not having a buoyed safety rope dividing the shallow and deep sections of the pool, and did not have proper lifesaving equipment on the deck.
According to the suit, Gonzalez was playing in the pool with four relatives, ages 12 through 15, when he became distressed and sank face down to the bottom near the drain. There was no lifeguard on duty and the children frantically called for help before going to their parents’ rooms for assistance, the suit states.
A Pheasant Run employee could not locate any rescue equipment, and Gonzalez was underwater for at least five minutes, the suit said. He was eventually pulled from the water, but CPR did not work and he was pronounced dead on arrival at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Both lawsuits seek more than $50,000 in damages.
P3 Hospitality Industry Risk Report: “ADA Pool Lift Update” Presented By Loss Control Specialist Marco Johnson Of Petra Risk Solutions (Video)
The January 31, 2013 ADA pool lift compliance deadline is fast approaching. Petra Risk Solutions’ Loss Control Specialist, Marco Johnson, offers a P3 Hospitality Risk Update – ‘ADA Pool Lift Update’ – to help clear up some of the confusion about the requirements of this new ADA law.
P3 (Petra Plus Process) is the Risk Management Division of Petra Risk Solutions – America’s largest independent insurance brokerage devoted exclusively to the hospitality marketplace.
For more information on Petra and P3 visit petrarisksolutions.com or call 800.466.8951.
Hospitality Industry Safety Risks: New Jersey Hotel “Not Responsible” For Near-Drowning Of Guest; Jury Finds Pool Area “Complied With State Law”
A jury in Hackensack on Thursday determined that a hotel owner was not responsible for a near-drowning that left a Georgia man brain-injured after he tried to rescue his daughter from the hotel’s swimming pool.
The family of Robert A. Smith sued Ratan R. Park, LLC., owner of the Ramada Inn in Rochelle Park, for damages after Smith was overcome by water on July 4, 2009, when he tried to rescue his 11-year-old daughter, Brianna, after she drifted into the pool’s deep end.
Smith remains in a nursing home with permanent brain injuries that an attorney for Smith’s family said were the direct result of negligence by the hotel’s owner.
In the trial before Superior Court Judge Charles Powers, Attorney Greg Haddad had argued that the pool’s depth markings were inaccurate, its bottom was steeper than it should have been and the hotel owner failed to provide a “life line” separating the pool’s deep and shallow ends, presenting a “perfect storm” for guests who couldn’t swim.
Neither Smith nor his daughter could swim, and O’Hara in closing arguments on Wednesday in state Superior Court told the jury in the civil case that “both had a duty to exercise reasonable care; they had an obligation to make reasonable observations.”
Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: New Jersey Hotel Sued For “Negligence” By Man Who Suffered Brain Damage In Pool Incident; “Staff Wasn’t Prepared To Handle Drowning Emergency”
“…the plaintiff’s attorney, said his clients’ case also is based on a claim that the hotel’s staff wasn’t prepared to handle a drowning emergency. Hotels aren’t required to employ lifeguards but they must designate someone as a “certified pool operator.” In this case, the pool operator, an assistant manager, was present when plaintiff went under…but because plaintiff was unresponsive on the pool bottom by the time the pool operator pulled Brianna out of the water, and because the pool operator himself couldn’t swim, he was unable to rescue Smith before he suffered brain damage…”
A Georgia man who suffered permanent brain damage while trying to save his daughter in a hotel swimming pool was the victim of negligent owners who failed to ensure the pool area was safe, a lawyer for the plaintiff said Monday during opening arguments in the civil trial.
Robert A. Smith, 40, was overcome by water on July 4, 2009, when he tried to save his 11-year-old daughter, Brianna, after she drifted into the deep end of the Ramada Inn poll in Rochelle Park. Safeguards that should have been in place – such as visual cues indicating the water’s depth and a “life line” separating the shallow and deep ends – were missing. In combination with a pool bottom that was steeper than it should have been, the result was a “perfect storm” for hotel guests who couldn’t swim, said Greg Haddad, an attorney for Smith’s family.
“This facility, its pool, were operated in a negligent manner,” Haddad told a jury in state Superior Court in Hackensack on Monday. “The focus of this company and these people was to make money at the complete disregard for [the safety of] customers.”
The family of Robert Smith, who remains in a “minimally-conscious state” in a nursing home, is suing the owner of the Ramada Inn, Ratan R. Park, LLC., for damages, said Haddad.
In a recording of the 911 call reporting the drowning, the caller tells the emergency operator, “Somebody’s drowning inside the water. … Nobody can swim here.” Eventually, another hotel guest dove in the water to save Smith.
Smith’s condition is stable, Haddad said, and his doctors believe he could live for another 20 or 25 years. His family is asking for at least enough money to cover his medical expenses, which will amount to $7 million over his lifetime if he is cared for at home, and $12 million if he remains in a nursing home, Haddad said.
Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: California Hotel Sued By Nine Guests Claiming They Contracted Meningitis From Hotel Pool; Suit Seeks Damages For Premises Liability And Negligence
“…The plaintiffs claim the hotel failed to sanitize the pool, fill it with clean water, use purification chemicals or “obtain proper certification of health & safety codes to reopen pool and water park facilities after pool closure.”
Nine people claim they contracted meningitis and/or other deadly diseases two years ago from a pool at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad. Lead plaintiff Gerald Green claim that during their stay in August 2010 the hotel failed to properly sanitize its family swimming pool. Plaintiff claim that hotel staff told them later that “the pool had been closed due to prior fecal or other form of contamination.”
“Plaintiffs were caused to sustain severe personal injuries, including, but not limited to symptoms of fever, headache, myalgias [muscle pain], vomiting and diarrhea, resulting in diagnoses to include meningitis and aggravated multiple sclerosis,” the complaint states.
Meningitis is a potentially fatal disease caused by inflammation of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis, which causes damage to nerves in the brain and spinal cord, is a debilitating disease with no known cure.
For more: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/08/06/49015.htm
Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: Dept. Of Justice Extends Deadline For ADA “Pool Lifts” Requirements Until Jan 31, 2013; “Fixed Lift” Requirements Still Apply To Pools & Spas Under Construction Or Being Altered
“…the Department of Justice (DOJ) last night announced a substantial postponement of the ADA compliance date for existing pools and spas with ADA requirements for accessible entries. The new compliance date – January 31, 2013 – is more than an additional nine months beyond the original date of March 15, 2012…”
“The extension is fair and sensible and the lodging industry supports it,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney.
AH&LA began its efforts immediately after DOJ first announced in a guidance dated January 31, 2012 that pool lifts used to provide accessible entries into existing pools and spas must be “fixed” unless not “readily achievable,” next to the pool/spa at all times when the facilities are open, and cannot be shared between two bodies of water even if they are in the same location. DOJ subsequently clarified that that “fixed” means attached to the pool deck in some way. This means that “portable” lifts brought out upon request would not be acceptable, raising new concerns among members about safety risks and costs posed by “fixed” lifts. The hospitality and business community viewed this announcement to be a significant change from the pool lift requirements issued by DOJ in its September 15, 2010 final regulations and began its intensive campaign to both reverse these substantive changes and delay the compliance date.
Hospitality Industry Compliance Risks: Hotels Must Equip Pools And Spas With “Pool Lifts” To Comply With 2010 ADA Standards
The 2010 ADA Standards for pool access have significantly changed the requirements for municipal and private pools by requiring, for the first time, that they be equipped with independently useable pool lifts during all operating hours.
In October, 2010, the American Hotel & Lodging Association sought clarification of the pool lift requirements which become mandatory on March 15, 2012. The AH&LA noted that pool lifts, particularly fixed devices, are potentially dangerous to users and children playing around pools. Moreover, they can be quite costly to most pool operators. The industry’s concerns apparently fell on deaf ears as evidenced by the DOJ’s position issued this week.
The DOJ has officially confirmed that:
- The mandatory date for installation of pool lifts is March 15, 2012.
- Pool lifts need to be installed at each pool during all operating times and be independently operable by disabled persons.
- Pool lifts must be “fixed” unless the operator can prove that doing so would not be “readily achievable” as defined in the ADA, in which event, a portable lift meeting all of the ADA Guidelines could be deployed.
- Accessible lifts cannot be shared between a pool and a spa, each would seem to require a separate device.
- Pool lifts must be properly maintained and in good repair, with any battery components charged for use.
- Staff must be trained in the use and safety of pool lifts.
Hospitality Industry Health Risks: South Carolina Hotel’s Swimming Pool Heater May Have Been Leaking Carbon Monoxide For Weeks Prior To Guest’s Death
Investigators say the hotel’s swimming pool heater leaked carbon monoxide sometime during the night, killing Moran and injuring at least 17 others. Carbon monoxide readings at the hotel reached 500 and 600 parts per million, South Charleston Fire Chief Greg Petry said. Authorities say any reading over 30 parts per million is cause for concern.
Staff members at the Holiday Inn Express in South Charleston were aware of a problem with their swimming pool 10 days before an apparent carbon monoxide leak from the pool’s heater killed one and injured several others Tuesday, two Randolph County women said this week.
Lori Burnside, 40, of Montrose, and Danielle Mallow, 38, of Elkins, stayed at the Corridor G hotel with their two daughters on Jan. 21, but said they did not get any sleep because the hotel’s fire alarms kept them awake during the night.
The alarms were blamed on a problem with the indoor swimming pool, they said, which had to be constantly ventilated by the hotel staff.
Hospitality Industry Property Risks: Chicago Hotel Pool Remains Closed Due To Failure To Comply With Federal Law Requiring Drains To Be Fitted With Large Covers And Backup Systems
“…The law requires drains to be fitted with larger covers and backup systems. It affects all public pools and spas, including those at apartment and condo complexes, hotels and health clubs…Since the law went into effect, the commission first removed the backup requirement, then reinstated it, bowing to pressure from the industry and then to safety advocates…”
Sunlight still bathes the mosaic tile, terra-cotta fountain and potted palms at the Hotel InterContinental’s iconic indoor pool. But no bathers ripple the water. Stuck in regulatory purgatory, the pool has been closed since October.
The junior Olympic-sized pool is one of the better-known in the city and once drew famous visitors like “Tarzan” star Johnny Weissmuller. Now, it’s among nearly 300 public pools across Illinois still listed as noncompliant with federal regulations designed to reduce the risk of swimmers being sucked into drains and drowning.
Hotel officials say their pool will reopen soon. And many of the other facilities are outdoors and would be closed in winter, anyway. But with so many affected sites, expensive fixes and delays in getting state approval, some pool operators wonder if they’ll be ready come spring.