In Massachusetts the owner of a private pool, either as an individual, corporation or perhaps part of a club or association, or the manager of a semi-public or a pool open to the public, are responsible for knowing the regulations and laws regarding pool safety.
Massachusetts code states that residential pool owners must have a barrier covering their pool when not in use, and the pool should have self-closing gates.
Massachusetts has its own rules for public and semi-public swimming pools such as those found in apartment complexes, country clubs, and schools. MA General Laws call for a 6-foot tall fence to enclose the pool with self-latching gates be self-latching with latches four feet from the ground. Pools must be equipped with a life ring and a rescue hook, and outdoor pools must be drained and covered within seven days of closing.
Public and semi-public in-ground swimming pools must be inspected annually by the city’s building inspector. In addition to facing fines, failing to comply with pool regulations could leave individuals or companies who own them liable if an accident occurs.
The code and regulations exist to avoid unnecessary accidents, injuries, and even death. If someone you know has been injured at a pool and you have questions about the responsibility and liability of the pool owner, please contact my law office for further information.