In order to stay healthy and fit it is recommended that you exercise. This can take many different forms from running and cycling to tennis or rowing. One such activity which has become popular is working out at a gym. This is a great way to exercise as you can do this in any weather but like all sport it comes with its own risks.
One such machine which you need to be careful when using is the step exercise equipment machines which can potentially cause nasty fall injuries if misused.
How can step exercise equipment cause a fall injury?
To start with, when you are at the highest point of the machine you are at least half a metre off the ground. If you lose your balance you have further to fall which is how you could sustain a fall injury. Other ways include getting clothing or laces tangled in the machine causing you to topple off and sustain a painful fall injury.
How to avoid these fall injuries
In order to ensure you use these safely, make sure you read the instructions which are usually on the machine before stepping on to it. Also, make sure your laces are done up and there is no material which could get caught on the machine thus causing you to sustain a fall injury. Also, make sure you wipe down the machine before and after use so that the surface isn’t slippery from sweat thus making a slip, trip or fall more likely.
If you have not used this machine before or are still a beginner always start on the easy setting so that you don’t stretch yourself too hard as you could be looking at something worse than just a fall injury. Remember, if in doubt, ask advice from other gym users or any instructors who are supervising.
Accident Advice Helpline
Unfortunately accidents can and do still happen in and out of the gym. If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in these types of cases and our team of skilled lawyers will make the process as stress-free as possible.
Call the 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to find out more today.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice