NSPI's removal of standards affected many pool builders, but it probably didn't hurt diving-board sales much.
One of the evening broadcasts, "60 Minutes II" anchored by Dan Rather, was seen by at least 8 million households and featured two other diving-board accident victims along with Meneely.
But there is another, even more powerful, reason that diving-board sales have fallen.
"[They said] no diving boards of any kind, period," he states, adding that he has been in business for 39 years and has never faced a lawsuit from a diving-board accident.
If insurance companies are raising premiums--or dropping builders who install diving boards--it would make sense that the number of diving-board accidents is on the rise, But that doesn't seem to be the case.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, the only independent agency to track diving-board injury statistics, reported approximately 11,000 diving accidents in 2001, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
In trying to assess how many diving-board accidents attract the attention of the insurance companies, Greg Munro, a law professor at the University of Montana and author of a soon-to-be published study called The Case of the Disappearing Diving Boards: The Role of Insurance in Prohibiting Risk in Our Society, has researched the number of diving-board accidents hitting the courts.
Today, only the insurance companies know how many diving-board accidents occur in pools each year.
But while they won't reveal hard numbers, several large insurance companies whose representatives spoke with POOL & SPA NEWS on condition of anonymity, say that diving-board accidents are likely few and far between, as S.R.