01/07/2015 | John Brennan

Gym fined £96,233 after a member was left blinded

01/07/2015 | John Brennan

Gym fined £96,233 after a member was left blinded

David Lloyd Leisure Limited pleaded guilty to two offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after a member was left blinded in one eye.

The Injured Person was taking part in an outdoor climbing training session when his personal trainer asked him to pull on the resistance bands attached to a post with some nylon webbing. This resulted in a climbing clip and ring hitting him in the face.

The company admitted that it had exposed the Injured Person to risk and had failed to carry out suitable Risk Assessment. The company also stated that although there are systems in place for checking equipment, the equipment in this case hadn’t been checked.

David Lloyd Leisure was fined £40,000 for failing to carry out a Risk Assessment, £40,000 for not carrying out equipment checks and a further £16, 133 in costs.

If you’re having problems with Health and Safety compliance within the leisure industry, Sheidyourself offer a Leisure Diary so that colleagues can carry out and record all equipment checks required within the company.