Spending some time in a sauna should be a pleasant and enjoyable experience. There should be little danger of anything going wrong during your time there. Indeed it should be a pleasurable time that may round off your visit to the gym to get some exercise.
If you have an accident in a gym sauna then, you would want to know what happened to cause that mishap. Did you do something wrong? Were you to blame for the accident, perhaps by jumping around and acting in a way you should not have done? Or were the owners of the gym and sauna to blame for not maintaining it in the proper manner?
Burns and scalds
The very nature of a sauna means you can go into a small room that is designed to give you a ‘bath’ in either hot air or, more usually, steam. The temperature inside a sauna will usually be around 80 degrees Celsius but it can vary.
The owner of the sauna must be sure the temperature is at an acceptable level and does not go into dangerous territory. Similarly there should be no danger of sustaining any potential burns or scalds because the sauna is not safe to use.
This is part of the reason why the gym owner must perform risk assessments to make sure there is no danger posed by using the sauna. This could also apply to relatively simple things like getting splinters from the wood if the sauna is old and needs repair.
What should you do if you have been injured?
Any accident in a gym sauna should immediately be reported to the people who run that sauna. This may prevent someone else from being injured, but it will also ensure there is a record of what happened.
To this end, it should also be put in the accident book. Once this is done you should seek medical aid on-site before seeing your own doctor. This will ensure there is evidence from your own GP to support what happened.
You may have a chance to claim compensation if you are in a good position. To find out, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This will be the best way to see whether there is ample evidence to make a strong no win, no fee claim to seek compensation for you.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead