Ensuring that equipment in your facility is in good working order is important to maintaining the safety of your clients

Ensuring that equipment in your facility is in good working order is important to maintaining the safety of your clients. Instructing participants on how to properly use and care for the equipment (such as wiping down machinery after use), how to properly wear equipment (such as weight belts) and ensuring it is appropriate for the physical size/skill level of the participant, as well as retaining manufacturer’s instruction documents, and undertaking and documenting equipment safety inspections in both a formal and informal manner, according to manufacturer recommendations, is key in managing risk.

Equipment

 

A number of negligence claims in the fitness industry are related to a participant’s use of equipment. Incorrect use of equipment is one of the top six risk issues identified by Australian fitness industry professionals.

There are three common sources of responsibility for equipment related injuries.

Sources of responsibility for equipment related injuries

Aiming to minimise exercise equipment related injuries across all these areas through effective risk management strategies will reduce resultant claims and lawsuits.  It is important to appoint an experienced and properly trained member of staff to take responsibility for maintenance activities.

For more information on equipment, see pages 119-122 of ‘Exercise Safe; The Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management Manual’. http://www.fitnessriskmanagement.com.au/pdf/The-Australian-Fitness-Industry-Risk-Management-Manual.pdf