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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Working out on public exercise equipment

    Summer is here, and for many of us it’’s time to step up our workout regimes in pursuit of the perfect beach body. If you’’re thinking of joining and gym and using public exercise equipment, you may be worried about health and safety issues.

    Gyms are generally very safe places, but there is a risk of accidents and injuries. Here are some tips to help you stay safe during your workouts and prevent accidents like slips, trips and falls.

    Working out using public exercise equipment

    If you’’re going to the gym, the likelihood is that you’’ll be using public exercise equipment. This is not unsafe, but there are a few considerations you may wish to bear in mind.

    Firstly, do you know how to use public exercise equipment? If you’’re new to the gym or there’’s a new machine, it’’s always a good idea to learn how to use the equipment before giving it a go. Book an induction or ask a member of staff for assistance.

    The second thing to think about is hygiene. When you use public exercise equipment, somebody will have used it before you, and somebody else will be using it after you. Nobody wants to use dirty, sweaty public exercise equipment. Make sure you follow the relevant hygiene guidelines to leave public exercise equipment in a suitable state.

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    If you’’re visiting the gym, it’’s always a good idea to dress suitably and to wear well-fitting shoes. This will help to reduce the risk of slips and trips.

    Take a bottle of water with you and stay hydrated. Push yourself, but know your limits. Don’’t attempt to lift more than you can, or run further than you can manage.

    I’’ve been injured at the gym, can I make a compensation claim?

    If you’’ve been injured in a public place such as a gym, or sports centre, you may be able to claim compensation, provided that the accident wasn’’t your fault.

    In the case that you were injured as a result of using public exercise equipment which was faulty, for example, or you suffered slip and trip injuries after tumbling on a wet floor which wasn’’t marked, you should have a good case for personal injury compensation.

    Should you be thinking about making a claim, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our friendly advisors can discuss the details of your public liability claim with you, and if you wish to pursue the claim, your case will then be passed onto our team of personal injury lawyers.

    Call now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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