A place which is a hotbed for accidents is the gym. Unless you consistently do the correct things, you run a high chance of injuring yourself or someone else. The kind of injuries that can be sustained in the gym can be down to muscle strain but also due to negligence and this typically results in compensation.
Free-weights are commonly used at gyms, we thought it best to discuss how to attach weights correctly to a barbell.
How to attach weights correctly
Barbells are long steel bars which you attach heavy plates on each end. The important thing to remember that once you have placed your weights onto the bar, you need to secure them with devices called collars which prevent the plates from falling off the bar and injuring you.
There are various different collars:
Quicklee collars: These look similar to plastic tubes. They work on bars called threaded barbells. To attach a Quicklee collar, pull the outer layer of the tube away from the interior and slide the collar onto the barbell. Then let go of the outer layer so it covers the interior tube. Quicklee collars are ideal for beginners.
Spinlock collars: They also work on threaded bars and it’s important to remember to spin the two layers away from each other to let the bar slide in before tightening the lock so that the weights don’t come off and hurt you.
Screw–on collars: Sounds pretty straightforward, right? These will work with threaded bars and require you to loosen the two levels of the collar by unscrewing the top piece away from the bottom, then sliding the weights on the barbell.
Make sure the weight is secure each time you lift. For more help, ask a trainer in your gym for assistance.
Claim for personal injuries
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in personal injury compensation. We have over 16 years of experience as personal injury specialists. We seek to minimise the chances of you getting injured by advising you on what to do in certain scenarios. Our aim is to help you claim if you find yourself in an accident that was another person’s fault.
If a stack of weights falls, you might have been seriously injured, call our 24/7 hotline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile 0333 500 0993 to discuss your claim with friendly and helpful advisors. Or, take a 30-second test to quickly determine if you are eligible for compensation.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice