Accidents at work are a common occurrence regardless of what career sector you choose to enter. When you experience an accident at work, it can cause physical and emotional pain and at times, the fault lies not with yourself, but your employer.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, an estimated 646,000 workers had an incident at work, 231,000 of these led to absences in excess of three days. This is no different in the health and leisure industry, where personal trainers are often susceptible to work-related injury.
While, overall, workplaces for personal trainers are relatively safe places to work, professionals in this sector, like any other, are always at risk of personal injury. Personal trainers offer their services to clients to help them build fitness, motivation, and general life confidence through the means of carefully and strategically planned exercise regimes.
While obviously the client may be at risk of an injury, the personal trainers are also at risk of sustaining an occupational injury. The top five potential accidents for a personal trainer, include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle and bone injuries
- Assault by clients
- Slips trips and falls in the gym and on equipment
- Faulty equipment injuring limbs – for example, trapped fingers
- Road traffic accidents when offering a mobile service or covering multiple gyms
Who is to blame for your accident at work?
Accidents at work for personal trainers, such as the above, are becoming more common as the increase in demand for personal trainers continues to rise. Being healthy and looking good is a popular lifestyle choice at the moment. With more clients, more gyms, and more travel required, an accident at work may not be your fault.
Employers have a responsibility to look after your safety and well-being while you are in the workplace. If you have been working in a gym and the facilities or equipment was poorly maintained, the management or owners of the centre may be liable.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe your work incident is not your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline’s specialist advisors can assist you in determining whether your claim is eligible or not.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now on Freephone 0800 689 0500 – or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile – and speak to one of our specialists. Our expert team will handle your claim with the primary purpose of recovering you the compensation you deserve for your accident at work.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice