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19 Jan 2016

IQL UK endorses STITCH accident benchmarking tool

New figures have been released for accidents in swimming pools as IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), puts its weight behind Right Directions' accident benchmarking platform STITCH. 
The first annual report for the online tool, developed by the quality and health and safety specialist that delivers Sport England's Quest quality scheme, ukactive's Code of Practice and accreditation for the ASA's Learn to Swim Pathway, found that swimming pools were the second mostly like place for an accident to occur, with changing rooms coming in third. 
The most recent data, released this week, shows the top six causes of swimming pool accidents are contact with an object, contact with a wall or the floor, slip, human error, contact with another person and water incidents. 97% of all swimming pool accidents relate to customers and just 2.4% to staff. Only 0.82% of these resulted in hospital treatment.  
Capturing, collating and aggregating accident and 'near miss' data, STITCH provides a live snapshot of KPIs that allow management to monitor accident trends locally and nationally, and club and centre managers to review site trends and avoidable incidents. 
Endorsing the product IQL UK's Director, Martin Symcox said: "With swimming pools and changing rooms high on the list for accident hot spots, we are keen for operators to put their weight behind STITCH and monitor what's happening on a national level to try and reduce the number of incidents occurring each year." 
Most likely to have an accident within the swimming pool area were children aged 8 - 15, however more than 96% of these were considered not preventable. This age group are also the most likely to have an accident within the changing rooms, where just over 5% of incidents (generally within the changing room itself, the toilets or the shower) could have potentially been prevented. 
Symcox continued: "If we can use STITCH to help operators and centre managers identify accident trends in swimming pools, this will further support our aim of keeping people safe in or around water. STITCH could help to steer operators to improve operational procedures and promote early intervention by lifeguards, all of which would be a very positive outcome indeed." 
Gill Twell, Head of Group Operations for Right Directions said: "Alongside CIMSPA's endorsement of STITCH, IQL UK's support further champions the role this tool has to play in helping to deliver safer activity opportunities. The data released through STITCH is already helping operators to see where the biggest risks are within their facilities and minimise the likelihood of accidents and injuries occurring."

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