Many people go to the gym each week. They go with the idea of becoming fitter and healthier, which are both great attitudes to have in mind. They certainly don’t go with the intention of being injured.
Thankfully this kind of thing doesn’t often happen. There are occasions where things might potentially go wrong, but you’d think they would normally happen while exercising or using the equipment provided. You wouldn’t think someone would be injured while slipping in a gym locker room, for example.
Is it likely an accident like this would happen?
It might happen but the odds are long. The people who own and run gyms know how important it is to ensure they are always safe to use and to enter. This means they must make sure their staff are able to work in safety, but they must also be sure the venue is safe for clients to use.
Slipping in a gym locker room is perhaps more likely to potentially happen if someone has mopped the floor and failed to put out warning signs to indicate this fact. You have probably seen the yellow folding signs that can be put in place in a matter of seconds and are easy to see from a distance. These should be placed in a visible area so there is little chance of anyone slipping over.
Injuries can be painful
A simple slip may not seem to be too worrisome a situation to be in. However it all depends on the way you fall. You can never tell if you are going to end up slipping or falling awkwardly and injuring some part of yourself in the process. It is natural to put your hands out to try and protect yourself and to break your fall, but this may not always be easy to do.
You might end up hurting one or both of your hands, or possibly injuring an ankle or a knee because of the way you slip. All this can potentially happen if someone leaves a wet patch in the locker room that wasn’t properly signed.
As you can see, if you are hurt in these circumstances it may not be your fault. You would still need to prove it was someone else’s fault though, and this is something Accident Advice Helpline might be able to help you with. Call 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead