Some gym accidents are strange, but true. Here are some accidents at the gym that really should not be possible.
- Treadmill incidents
Most treadmills are fitted with auto-stops that cut out if the user loses his or her footing. In some cases, however, this does not happen (usually because users are not wearing the required safety clips). One user had the skin on his face burned off when he increased the speed on his treadmill too much, fell and landed on the belt face first. Another user tripped while using a treadmill. Instead of letting go, she held on to the handles, resulting in the skin on her shins being torn off by the belt.
- Dropping weights
Trying to lift weights can also be extremely dangerous, especially while doing bench presses. One man lost his teeth and may have broken his jaw after dropping the weight he was trying to lift onto his face.
Another unusual gym injury was sustained by an enthusiastic young man not realising just how hard gym punch-bags can be. Expecting the bag to either move or at least cushion the blow, he hit the bag as hard as he could muster, only to find it stayed firmly in place. The force of the impact dislocated his shoulder.
- Traumatic finger injury
A woman watching her friend use a smith machine had her finger amputated when her friend lowered the barbell. She had not seen the signs warning visitors to keep hands, hair and clothing away from moving machine parts.
- Rowing mishap
A young man working out on a rowing machine temporarily lost his focus and, after pulling as far back as he could, moved his feet out of their appropriate position. He was subsequently pulled rapidly forward and crashed into the front end of the machine before being catapulted up and over it, landing head first on the floor.
Self inflicted injuries
In most of these cases, the personal injuries sustained were at least partially self-inflicted by not wearing safety clips, over-estimating their own strength or overlooking safety warnings.
In many cases, however, gym related injuries are the results of broken or poorly maintained equipment; lack of or incorrect instruction; slips, trips and falls. If this happened to you and you were injured at a gym through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. The helpful, friendly advisors of Accident Advice Helpline can clarify any questions you may have concerning claims for compensation. Just give us a call on 0800 689 0500.