Ballarat swim school fined after girl becomes quadriplegic

A Ballarat swim school has been fined $ 150,000 for a diving incident that left a 12-year-old girl a quadriplegic in November 2016.

The owners of the swim school pleaded guilty in the Ballarat County Court to failing to ensure the girl was not exposed to risks.

The court heard that the 12-year-old girl was told by an instructor to dive into a shallow pool during a swimming lesson.

The girl struck her head on the bottom and complained of a sore neck.

She was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety Julie Nielsen said employers had to ensure the health and safety of everybody in the workplace.

“This is a tragic incident that has left a young girl with debilitating, life-long injuries,” she said.

“Every employer must be vigilant and take every reasonably practicable step to protect workers and members of the public in the workplace.”

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