Physical fitness is a routine part of many people's lives. Gym equipment manufacturers as well as fitness gym managers have the responsibility to ensure equipment is safe and properly constructed so as to aid health and well being. Places that sell gym equipment are ultimately responsible if they sell equipment which is not fit for its purpose and causes an injury.
Gym equipment failures can cause serious injuries. If you have been injured due to faulty gym equipment — whether at home or at the gym — Graham Coffey & Co can help. We offer specialist personal injury services to those who were injured by home gym equipment or suffered in accidents at the fitness gym due to faulty products.
Home Gym Equipment Failures
Home gym equipment often requires some do-it-yourself assembly. Occasionally, however, building materials are missing or improperly manufactured or designed so as to cause tilting or instability once assembled. Building instructions may be unclear, leading to poor assembly and thus accidents or injury. They may also fail to include adequate warnings about the limitations of use such as maximum weight restrictions.
Common accidents on home gym equipment include:
- Exercise bikes that collapse or tip over
- Collapsing seats on rowing machines or bikes
- Stepper collapses
- Exercise ball accidents or blow-outs
Accidents at the Gym
Gym managers and personal trainers have the responsibility to ensure all equipment is used correctly and regularly serviced. When they do not, serious accidents or injuries can occur, such as:
- Pulley failures causing a sudden jerk
- Seat collapses
- Injuries caused by failed weight locks
- Improper use of gym equipment, such as bench-pressing on an exercise ball which may cause the ball to burst
- Injuries caused by the failure to provide written instructions or weight restrictions
- Use of equipment that is designed for home-use only
Where injury occurs due to defective equipment, the gym must show adequate inspection and maintenance of the equipment according to the manufacturer's suggested maintenance schedule. Our Manchester injury solicitors for defective gym equipment will thoroughly investigate whether inspections were carried out and maintenance was followed, as well as other factors such as whether the installation or poor design of the machine contributed to the accident.