Water Slide Collapse Injures 13 Students
About the Water Slide Collapse
KSAT 12 News reported that a local high school band was hosting a pool party when the slide collapsed at the community pool in the Jacksonville area of Florida.
A sign was located at the bottom of the stairs saying no more than one person was to be on the slide at a time but there were 10 to 15 people on the water slide when it collapsed. Officials on the scene reported that about a third of the slide fell into a nearby retention pond.
This collapse caused 13 students to be injured but most of the reported injuries were minor with one student being transported to a local hospital due to a head injury. Four others were transported to another hospital with minor back and neck injuries.
Pool Slide Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- In 1976, hospitals reported approximately 56,000 emergency room visits for swimming pool, diving board, and pool slide injuries.
- Lacerations to the face and head were the most common injuries.
- Due to this rise in injuries, the CPSC put forth regulations of minimum standards for swimming pool slides and how they were to be designed, manufactured, and installed.