FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – Millions of people head to the gym every day in hopes of staying fit. Most of those people leave the gym the same way they entered: uninjured. Not so for a Fort Lauderdale man last week.
The 60-yeard-old unidentified man’s accident occurred just before 11:30 a.m. at The W Hotel. The hotel guest was working out on a piece of equipment designed to work the shoulders. He fell off the machine and got his head caught in it. Officials were not clear on exactly how the accident happened.
What is clear is that Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue’s Technical Rescue Team found it necessary to ready torches and saws to free the man. Luckily, another crew was able to manipulate the man’s head using nothing but a bar. He was freed from the machine but sustained significant injuries.
The man was alert when transported to Broward Health Medical Center.
While accidents like this are not a frequent occurrence, it is important to note that injuries can be sustained quite easily while using weights and other workout equipment. Before you utilize any equipment, be sure to follow these tips:
Know how to operate the machinery. No matter what you are using, be sure you are aware of its proper use. Many gyms have signs attached or next to equipment that describe how to use it correctly.
Wear the proper attire. Clothing that fits too loosely can easily be caught in the gears and mechanisms of gym equipment. Wear proper-fitting clothing at all times, including footwear.
Ask for assistance. If, at any time, you are not sure how to use a machine or believe that you need help, ask for it. A good gym will have employees on hand that can assist you.
Know your limits. Whether you are new to the gym or have been working out for years, you have limits. Realize what these are and do not push yourself too far beyond them. When you do this, you run a very real risk of injury.
If you have been hurt at the gym or elsewhere, you may be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury attorneys can review the facts of your case and help you determine the best way to move forward. Call our offices today for a free initial consultation. We are here to help you.