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Massachusetts swimming pool company president drowns during routine service call.

Massachusetts Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 93MA005, 1993 Oct; :1-4
On May 11, 1993, a 38 year old male swimming pool service and supply company owner drowned in 12 feet of water during the course of a routine annual service call at a Massachusetts country club. Donned in full scuba gear and diving alone at the time of the incident, the victim was readying the swimming pool for its' annual Memorial Day Weekend opening when he was discovered apparently lifeless at the bottom of the pool by the country club activities director. Following repeated attempts by nearby construction company laborers to extricate the victim in several ways, a municipal police official took charge and rallied a number of individuals who succeeded in removing the victim from the pool. The municipal police official and emergency medical services administered emergency CPR until the ambulance arrived and transported the victim to a regional hospital. The victim was officially pronounced dead approximately one and one-half hours following his discovery at the bottom of the pool. The Massachusetts FACE Investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that divers do not dive alone; 2. Implement and enforce strict compliance with all requirements that ensure underwater safety.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Divers; Diving; Management-personnel
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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