The most recognisable aspect of any modern gym or fitness centre is the diverse range of equipment available. Sophisticated treadmills offer everything from TV screens and iPod docks to a choice of terrain to run across. These running machines will also closely monitor your cardiovascular activity during your sessions. Weights machines come in all shapes and sizes, catering for every possible part of the human anatomy that customers wish to put through the paces. What you need to appreciate is that gym equipment, like any other apparatus, cannot be taken for granted. There will be experienced staff on hand and a major part of their remit will be explaining the safest ways to use the gym machines.
Stay safe at the gym
Even the smallest gym is likely to be fitted with a variety of manual and electronic apparatus, stretching machines such as rowing simulators and running treadmills. Every one of these will have safety instructions – a summary appended close by, usually involving concise diagrams, as well as more detailed information available in booklets from the gym staff, or in some cases printed in web pages. As a gym user you are required to get to know how anything works before engaging with the machine.
Even after instruction it is possible to fall foul of gym equipment. There are varying degrees of injury you might suffer. With any apparatus involving weights, you should always check the previous setting and also ensure you don’t attempt to lift beyond your immediate capabilities.
Machinery might be in a part of the gym which is inadequately lit for whatever reason – perhaps a filament needs replaced. This is where you could damage yourself if you are unable to see what you are doing properly.
The gym staff will be responsible for ensuring that items such a hand weights or dumbbells are regularly checked, with nuts tightened as required. Even low-gauge weights falling from a few feet can cause considerable injury.
If you feel you have suffered an injury caused by a gym machine which was not your fault, provided this happened within the past three years you may well have a case for claiming compensation. Get the ball rolling by phoning Accident Advice Helpline. Immediately you will be put through to one of our dedicated legal advisers – all of whom have experience in dealing successfully with claims cases just like yours.
Date Published: April 19, 2014
Author: David Brown