Wisconsin swimming pool accidents

Each year, Wisconsin has swimming pool accidents resulting in injury.  These accidents are why Pool Envy went through and standardized our  swimming pool service. If the owner of a swimming pool knew about a dangerous condition and did not inform a guest, this can be failure to provide a duty of care.  Other things that can lead to potential serious claims against a pool owner:

  • A pool owner causing a dangerous condition to exist
  • A pool owner knowing about a dangerous condition and choosing not to remedy the danger
  • An owner knowing about a dangerous condition AND any reasonable person providing care for the property would have fixed the issue
  • A pool owner not taking reasonable steps towards making a pool area safe and the surrounding area safe
  • Improper maintenence of chemical feeders

For example, we receive dozens of calls from people wanting to get new pool pumps.  “It’s just a simple swap the owner says.”  Here is what is getting missed

  • The pool owner not knowing that electrical bonding is required under NEC 680
  • The pool owner not knowing a new pump may cause more suction than the drain cover is rated for
  • A pool owner not correctly protecting the electrical feeding the pool pump with a GFCI breaker
  • A pool owner hiring an unlicensed professional to swap out a pool pump, and allowing dangerous conditions to exist

Wisconsin swimming pool accidents can be avoided by following professional advise.  By following standards and guidelines such as ASTM/ANSI, ISPSC, ICC, VGBA.  The costs involved in swimming pool accidents can be astounding, but can be avoided by taking simple steps to mitigate risk.

A few more frequent causes for injury around swimming pools that we see all too often

  • Improper safety gates allowing small children to access pools, or pool areas
  • Failure to maintain a swimming pool and this can mean residential or commercial
  • Broken chemical feeders that can overfeed chemicals in pools and cause severe and adverse chemical reactions
  • Not enforcing a no drinking policy around swimming pools and whirlpools
  • Not having trained pool operators on commercial swimming pools.
improper piping and connection of chemical feeder to pool plumbing



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Swimming pool contractor licensed in Wisconsin and Texas. CPO Certified and PHTA Certified instructor.