For most people, a trip to the gym means using various pieces of equipment to help them get fitter and healthier. However, there is still the potential of being injured in the gym if proper safety measures aren’t followed at all times.
You would expect all the equipment you use to be in excellent condition and ready to use. The management has a duty of care to make sure this is the case. If they neglect to check and maintain the equipment and someone is injured because of it, it would lay them open to a claim of negligence.
Make sure you know how to use each piece of equipment
It is easy to suppose you know how to use gym equipment. However, a big part of safety in the gym is to make sure you know what to do in each case. You may be using a rowing machine for the first time, for example. While it may seem straightforward you may end up using one that you are unfamiliar with.
Staff at the gym should always be on hand to provide advice and support whenever needed. This could include giving instruction on how to safely use a specific piece of equipment. Once you are aware of how to use it, you should be fine.
Should you opt for training?
Some people invest in a trainer at their local gym – someone who can provide instruction on a more regular basis. If you are unsure how to use certain pieces of equipment so you can get the best out of them, this could be a good option to go for. There is no need to do this if you don’t want to, though – providing adequate support is available and the employer takes care to ensure safety at the gym is always first and foremost in their minds, training is not required.
Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with a variety of cases where people have unfortunately been injured while at the gym. In some cases, these injuries can be simple accidents, but in other cases they may be down to negligence on the part of those responsible for the gym. Make sure you know where you stand if you’ve been hurt. Call 0800 689 0500 to see whether you might be able to make a no win, no fee claim for some compensation now.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead