Hotel Prosecuted Over Double Swimming Pool Fatalities

Published: 13 Mar 2015

The owners of a luxury hotel and hospitality company face a Crown Court prosecution under the health and safety laws over the death of two guests in the hotels swimming pool in 2013.

The company that own the hotel and the management company are each accused of the same two offences:

The first is that they failed in their duty not to expose guests to risks in that they permitted them to use a swimming pool without having sufficient regard to risk assessments carried out by their external consultants.

The second is that they contravened a health and safety regulation in that they failed to make a sufficient and suitable assessment of the health and safety risks.

The bodies of the couple, were found floating in the unusually designed pool at around 7pm on 27th April 2013.  An inquest in May last year recorded that they both died accidentally.

The pool, in use since 1987, was of a 'hopper' design - shaped like a grain hopper - with the deepest 2.1m section in the centre.  It had four steeply sloped sides, with the edges not marked.

The inquest heard that the pool was not constantly supervised by a lifeguard and the CCTV system - which was not working at the time - was for reference only and not for live monitoring.