Accident Advice Helpline recently commissioned a survey on gym-related accidents, and we think you might be quite surprised at the results. It seems that the majority of people surveyed went to a gym (although we don’t know how regularly), with 60.5% of survey participants having attended a gym at some point. You might think that accidents in the gym are quite common, so it might surprise you to hear that only 13.9% of those surveyed had ever actually been injured in an accident in the gym.
What injuries can gym equipment cause?
It seems that lower back injuries are the most common problem to occur after a gym-related accident, affecting 20.4% of those surveyed, with foot and ankle problems (16%), shoulder problems (15.3%) and knee problems (14.3%) also mentioned. But the good news is that most gym accidents lead to minor injuries rather than anything life threatening, with only 8.3% of those surveyed left unable to work after being hurt in a gym accident.
Who’s to blame for your accident?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that faulty equipment is the most common cause of gym-related accidents; in fact this only accounts for 5.8% of accidents. The most common cause of gym accidents is lack of instruction, for example failing to give new members an induction or show them how to use equipment safely. This accounts for 7.8% of all accidents in the gym. Slips, trips and falls are fairly common too, with 6.8% of people surveyed suffering injuries after slipping on a wet floor or tripping over trailing cables or other hazards.
Claiming compensation for your injuries
Gym management are responsible if you’ve been injured and somebody else is to blame – it’s their job to ensure that gym premises are safe, reducing the risk of accidents occurring. Whether you’ve been hurt by faulty equipment or injured after slipping on a wet floor at the gym, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a claim for personal injury compensation. It’s free to call our 24/7 helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice, or take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much compensation you could be entitled to. Whether you’ve suffered cuts and bruises or a more serious injury after an accident at the gym, you could find you’re able to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings.