Tragedy a timely reminder for consumers and industry

Saturday, 01 September, 2012

SPASA QLD has issued a dire warning to pool builders and homeowners to ensure pool fencing is installed and maintained by licensed professionals.

A recent manslaughter charge brought upon an Armidale (NSW) resident, 61-year-old Philip John Cameron, for the drowning of a two-year-old boy who fell into an improperly fenced pool serves as a timely reminder for pool owners to make certain their barriers meet new guidelines.

Adrian Hart, CEO of SPASA Qld, says it is not just about protecting yourself against litigation or criminal charges, it centres on a responsibility that each individual has for the preservation of human life.

"It is a crying shame that events like this occur and serve as a reminder about the importance of safety around swimming pools and spas," says Adrian. "SPASA hammers home the importance of being vigilant in maintaining healthy, properly maintained swimming pool and spa environments which do no harm, and of course part of this is ensuring barriers to entry are solid and child-proof."

Adrian says SPASA Qld takes seriously the role its members play in protecting consumers both contractually and when it comes to Duty of Care. "While our focus is on providing positive active lifestyles for families across the state, we also do everything in our power to make certain our members are qualified, updated and across all industry standards through rigorous and constant communication with our members."

"Professionalism, ethics and technical expertise of our members are a key priority for our association, so when we hear of stories like this, we assure the public that SPASA Qld members can be trusted to deliver positive outcomes for them, as consumers."

Adrian says the recent introduction of new pool safety laws is a positive step for the industry and goes a step further than previous legislation in protecting lives and preventing injuries or death around swimming pools and spas. "The Queensland Government has done an excellent job of regulating the industry by including licensing of pool safety inspectors. This ensures inspectors have undertaken a comprehensive course of study in the requirements of the law and that they abide by standards of conduct and professionalism. It also legislates that these inspectors must maintain their licence over the course of their career and undertake ongoing professional development."

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