A slip, trip or fall can occur at any place at any time and can be a particularly nasty accident to suffer. In this article, our team here at Accident Advice Helpline identify five potential slip and trip hazards at your local gym.
Many gyms will contain a free weights area for gym-goers to build their strength using dumbbells and barbells. Most gyms will ask members to tidy up after themselves and put weights back on the rack, but plates used for barbells may be discarded on the floor and not tidied up. These are often the same colour as the anti-slip and sound-deadening material used on gym floors, meaning that the heavy plates pose a serious hazard.
Almost every gym contains shower facilities to wash after a long session in the gym. Often, these are communal facilities which may have poor drainage facilities. This, coupled with the residue from soap and shower gels, means that the shower room floor can be a potentially serious risk of slipping, tripping and falling.
Improperly cleaned machines
It may sound disgusting, but machines can in fact pose a serious hazard in the gym if not cleaned regularly. Perspiration acts as a lubricant and a slip, trip or fall on a fast-moving treadmill can be serious. Most gyms will remind users to clean machinery after use and will normally provide paper towels and cleaning solution.
Just as improperly cleaned machines are an issue, so too are broken machines. Any good gym will regularly carry out an inspection of all of its equipment, including weights and cardio machines. If any of this equipment is broken, do not use it as it could cause a serious accident. Alert a member of staff if a machine appears to be broken.
Improper lifting techniques
It is of the utmost importance to observe proper lifting techniques when using the facilities in a gym. If you are new to the gym, ask a member of staff to provide an induction to show you how to correctly use the weights and machines in the gym. Improper lifting techniques or lifting too much can cause a slip or other serious injuries.
Making a compensation claim
Remember, if you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall in the gym within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile) for more information.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice