Liability for an accident at a water slide

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Liability for an accident at a water slide was repudiated by Austria's Supreme Court (OGH): a swimming baths offering a water slide was not obliged to provide permanent supervision by its staff or video cameras. A stoplight system regulating access to the slide and sliding instructions displayed directly at the entrance of the slide were sufficent security measures. Safeguard obligations of a swimming baths must not be overdrawn. The claim for compensation filed by a boy who was hurt at an accident which occured when a group of other boys were blocking the lower part of the water slide was therefore dismissed (OGH 23.11.2004, 10 Ob 26/04b).