Gym company fined £80,000 over injuries
Posted: May 16, 2015
Posted in: Gym & Leisure Centre Injuries Public Liability
A gym company has been fined £80,000 after one of its members was left blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other when a gym session went wrong. Company executive 47-year-old Mauro Carneiro had been using a stability ball and resistance bands in a David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) gym when the bands gave way and catapulted a metal ‘D-ring’ into his face. Personal trainer, Ian Donaldson, was with Mr Carneiro when the accident happened, and immediately phoned an ambulance. It was heard that Mr Donaldson purchased the bands online.
Mr Carneiro said that he knew something serious had happened when he realised he had lost the vision in both of his eyes. He was taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he underwent seven hours of emergency surgery. The accident left him with no sight in his left eye, and impaired vision in his right.
Unaware that staff were using their own equipment
DLL admitted failing to ensure that members were not exposed to risk, and a separate charge of failing to carry out a sufficient assessment of equipment. It argued that it was unaware of the fact that members of staff were using their own equipment, which had not been safety checked.
DLL was fined £80,000 after pleading guilty to the two health and safety offences, having already paid Mr Carneiro £1.3million in compensation. The company “apologised unreservedly” to Mr Carneiro and said that new safety regulations had been put in place as a result of his injuries.
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