The Personal Injury Blog

Gym Injuries: Staying safe whilst keeping your new year’s resolution

The time has come when we all start making those resolutions to eat less, get back to the gym and get in shape for summer. The number of people joining gyms has increased significantly over the past few years and, not surprisingly, has the number of accidents occurring in gyms and fitness centres.

All Gyms have a responsibility to ensure that they provide a safe environment for their members by providing well-maintained gym equipment, knowledgeable trainers, vigilant supervisors and hygienic facilities.

The majority of gyms are now equipped with exercise machines which contain heavy weights. If these machines are not maintained or used correctly, it may result in serious injuries to both the persons using them and others in their vicinity. Owners and managers of fitness facilities must have systems in place to ensure that their equipment is inspected and maintained regularly and that the machines are used correctly.

Common causes of gym accidents include:

  • Faulty or defective gym equipment
  • Lack of maintenance or repair on gym equipment
  • Inadequate or improper instruction by a trainer
  • Inadequate induction sessions
  • Trips or slips on wet or uneven flooring
  • Improper use of equipment by another gym user, which causes injury to third parties
  • Inadequate cleaning of equipment or facilities that could lead to infections

What to do if you suffer an injury at the gym

If you suffered an injury whilst at the gym one of the first things to do is report the incident to the staff and ensure the details are adequately recorded, perhaps in an incident book. It is also advisable, depending on the severity of your injury, to seek immediate medical assistance by visiting your GP or your local Hospital. If any of the machines are defective, taking photographs is also very helpful for any potential personal injury claim. It is also a good idea to obtain contact details from any witnesses who saw your accident take place.

If you have a question about any type of personal injury claim, please call our team on 0114 218 4000 or email us at info@tayloremmet.co.uk

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