Millions of us use gym equipment on a regular basis to maintain good physical health or to get fitter. However, when gym equipment doesn’t function correctly, there is a risk of a serious accident such as a slip, trip or fall that could result in a medical emergency and the need to make a repetitive strain injury claim if the accident took place in a commercial setting and wasn’t your fault . That’s why it’s essential to ensure all gym equipment is in perfect working order.
Check every piece of equipment scrupulously
If you’ve recently purchased a new home gym and you’ve yet to assemble it, get other family members or friends to help you. With other people on board, you will be able to benefit from different perspectives and opinions, meaning the chance of accidents should be much lower.
It is extremely important to ensure that all bolts are securely tightened to prevent any serious injuries and avoid trips or falls. Conduct checks to make sure the equipment is working correctly by using a lower weight setting at first, or try to get the feedback of someone with experience of setting up gym equipment, if you can.
Remember – don’t try to lift like Arnold Schwarzenegger until you have good form
It is also very important that you learn how to use your gym equipment with the correct posture. Find someone who can observe you when you perform any exercises, preferably someone who is familiar with them. Another useful method is to print out a diagram of each exercise and how it should be performed and put it up on a wall or board in your gym.
How to claim for an accident if you’ve suffered an injury using gym equipment
If you’ve been the victim of an accident involving gym equipment that you believe was not your fault, contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline. As one of Britain’s leading law firms specialising in injury compensation for work accidents, road traffic accident compensation and many other claims, we have extensive experience in helping victims of slips and falls get the compensation they deserve.
One of the reasons why we have earned such a strong reputation among victims that have sustained accidents at work and other environments is that we operate a 100 per cent no win no fee* system. Even if our team decides that you claim isn’t eligible for compensation, you won’t pay any fees.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice