Pool drowning in Pella is rightly in the news spotlight
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Posted on Jul 17, 2010
Today in Pella's Public Swimming Pool Inspection Program Drowning in Dutch Pride Mr. Lombardi covers the drowning deaths of two young teens from the Kansas City area. The blog is categorized under Injury Caused by Property Defects, because in his opinion a property defect may have caused or contributed to an unsafe condition in the pool that led the boys into deep water.
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"It seems that the problem with what the City of Pella chose to do was it did not make the safety of its citizens the top priority. Somehow safety of the citizens using the pool was relegated to a place behind suing the electrical contractor and paying its own attorneys to litigate. Why wasn't the pool closed at night when the lights didn't meet State Code? After all the pool didn't meet State of Iowa swimming pool lighting standards; so why was it allowed to remain open at night? Whose job was it to make that decision?"
And what about legal liability on the part of the contractor; will they all get to blame the two boys?
"And what about the electrical contractor; I don't' think they are a business having a tough time making a profit on governmental contract work? What was their position? You installed lighting fixtures with wire too short to change during a season knowing this is a public pool with night swimming? You can't claim ignorance to night swimming at the pool with a straight face when you installed lights in the pool. Lights in a pool have nothing to do with day safety. Face facts without working lights the pool isn't supposed to be open at night. My guess is the contractor knows the law concerning public pools and the light requirements having to do with safety. Assuming you made a mistake why not in the first offseason simply add length to the wires and argue later about the conduit specs."