07 Aug Risks for Lifeguards and Workers’ Compensation Coverage
What do you think the most significant risks are for “pool workers” and what types of workers’ compensation claims do they most often file? It might seem like drowning is most common, but at Bloom Law Office it’s well-known that there are far greater risks in this type of work. Pool workers such as lifeguards might be charged with protecting the public, but they’re also putting themselves at risk every day.
Injuries Sustained While Working Outside
One common complaint is an injury from chemical exposure. It’s not easy (or safe) to keep pools clean. Pools utilize a number of chemicals for disinfecting including chlorine, pool brighteners, and ozone. These chemicals are relatively safe in small doses, but pool workers are regularly exposed and may have direct un-diluted contact. This can cause dermatitis and eye injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common swimming pool injury is from chemical exposure. Both fumes and dust clouds can be hazardous when materials are opened or if mixing is incorrect. Workers increase risk if they don’t use (or aren’t given) proper protective equipment.
Biohazards are another unfortunate risk of the job. Some people do use the pool as a toilet—which is why so many chemicals are necessary to keep pools clean. Urine that’s diluted isn’t a considerable biohazard risk, but feces, blood, and vomit is another story. Pool workers have a high risk of coming into contact with such materials, not to mention protozoa, bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Less surprising is the risk of trip and falls, which is already a common workers’ compensation complaint. Add in wet and slippery surfaces as well as plenty of concrete, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Even though most lifeguards are healthy and young, they’re not immune to dangers.
Complimentary Workers Compensation Consultation with Jeffrey M. Bloom
Pool workers are at an increased risk of sun damage if they work outside. From skin cancer to sunburns, excess time in the sun comes with dangers. If you work at a pool and are considering a workers’ compensation claim, call Bloom Law Office at 855-208-3650 to make the process as fast and straightforward as possible.