A treadmill is a piece of equipment that enables you to run on the spot. They are very popular in gyms and many people use them to jog or run while listening to music or watching a TV. When used properly and regularly they can be a great part of an overall fitness routine.
How safe are treadmills?
If they are set up properly and well maintained on a regular basis treadmills are very safe and easy to use. They take a bit of getting used to when you start and stop if you haven’t used them before. However for the most part they are great and the ones installed in gyms tend to be among the more heavy duty and advanced models available. This is typically because they are used throughout the day by lots of different people.
The responsibilities of the gym owner
The owner of a gym must make sure their gym equipment – treadmills included – is always safe and secure to use. This is part of their commitment to providing a safe place for people to come to get fit and healthy.
If they do not keep a regular check on the equipment it could mean problems are overlooked. This may mean the treadmill becomes dangerous to use. You might step on it and start it up and find the belt is not properly attached. An accident on a treadmill can be nasty as it can often lead to an unexpected fall. If this should happen you will probably put your hands out to try and break the fall but it isn’t always easy to do.
Do you need assistance from AAH?
If you have suffered an accident on a treadmill and you suspect it might be the fault of the gym owner or operator, you should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We have already helped lots of other people seek compensation successfully for accidents and injuries that were not their fault. If you decide to get in touch you can benefit from our experienced advice. Our professional injury compensation lawyers will be able to ascertain whether your injury was indeed the fault of someone else.
Having an accident on a treadmill should never occur if you use it properly and maintain it in the same manner. However, using someone else’s relies on you trusting them to maintain it. If that happens you can contact AAH for advice.
Date Published: April 19, 2014
Author: David Brown