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Many people subscribe to memberships at gyms or sports centres and keeping fit is something that many of us choose to do on a regular basis. Anyone who is familiar with the gym equipment will know that it can be difficult to operate and that if you do not know what you are doing it can cause injury. This is why members of staff tend to be on hand to provide advice and assistance when required.

Use of equipment- training

When using gym or sport centre facilities it is important to take into account any training and / or instruction that you were given when you joined the establishment.

When you first joined, you should have been offered “induction training”. This is when one of the staff or fitness trainers shows you how to use all of the equipment safely.

As part of the ”induction” process, you should be taken around all of the equipment and advised by the staff member what each piece of equipment is for and how to use it safely.

It is common practice for the staff member to then ask you to complete a registration form to confirm that you have undergone your “induction” and that you know how to use everything safely. This document is very important and is often a key piece of evidence during an injury claim.

What can cause an accident?

Unfortunately many things can go wrong whilst using sporting or gym equipment which result in an injury.

Accidents can occur as a result of some of the following reasons:-

  • Lack of staff training and / or knowledge
  • Failure of the sporting equipment / poor maintenance
  • Faults within or poor maintenance of the premises
  • Spillages or wet flooring
Duty of care

All gym / sports club owners and their staff owe a duty to users to keep them reasonably safe whilst using the premises and their equipment.

How do I consider claiming for an injury?

If you have an accident which causes you injury you may have the option of making a personal injury claim.

Evidence will need to be collated to explore details of the training which you were given initially for example. This is when the “induction” documents become very important.

Careful consideration will also need to be given to the actual cause of the accident e.g faulty equipment or lack of training for example.

What should I do if I have an accident?

If you have been involved in an accident at the gym or in a sports centre you should let a member of staff know as soon as possible.

In all establishments there should be a member of staff trained in first aid who may attend to you.

You should also ask, if this is not done automatically, for the accident report book to be filled in with full details of your accident and injuries. This is another piece of evidence which is crucial when considering evidence.

If you are able to, you should make a note of anyone who saw your accident happen. They might be able to give a witness statement later on. You should also note the name of the staff members who assist you after your accident.

If you have hurt yourself as a result of a problem with the premises take a photo if you can. If you have injured yourself on a piece of faulty equipment for example, take photographs of the whole piece of equipment and also close up photographs showing the defective part if you can identify it.

If you think you may have a claim or would like some advice, contact us for a no obligation, free of charge consultation.