Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Unsupervised 15-year-old dies after gym accident

Unsupervised 15-year-old dies after gym accident
October 1, 2017

A 15-year-old boy who was found pinned underneath gym equipment at Pine Rivers PCYC in Brisbane on Tuesday evening has died in hospital.

Ben Shaw's family issued a statement on Sunday after the teenager died at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

The statement advised “Ben passed away yesterday afternoon with his family and friends around him.

"Ben was able to leave a legacy and donate his organs and tissue, giving life to others.

"We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in Ben’s care, including all friends and family."

Ben Shaw was found by a staff member at the Pine Rivers PCYC gym on Tuesday evening pinned to a bench after a weightlifting accident.

He was reportedly crushed while trying to bench press about 100 kilograms.

A staff member reportedly found the teenager about 20 minutes later.

He was given first aid by staff and other gym members before paramedics rushed him to hospital.

According to PCYC gym and fitness centre policy and procedures, children under the age of 16 must complete an induction with a parent or guardian and must be supervised while at the gym.

PCYC officials said the Pine Rivers branch would remain closed until further notice and said they would co-operate fully with the investigation.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick described Ben's death as "a very sad and tragic event".

Minister Dick told the ABC "I do know that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are investigating the matter and they will conduct a thorough review of what occurred and will be very diligent in their investigation of this very sad event.

"When that report is prepared it will be considered further by any prosecuting authority that's relevant to the matter, but one step at a time.

"We'll look very carefully at the incident and prepare a thorough report, keeping in mind always the very sad and tragic impact it's had on this young man's family."

While Workplace Health and Safety Queensland would not comment on an ongoing investigation, a spokesperson advised “operators of fitness centres that provide 24-hour access must ensure the safety of their operations, its members and the public. This includes ensuring the safety of equipment and periodic monitoring of the facilities.”

"There are no specific health and safety laws for operators in the fitness industry. However, all persons conducting a business or undertaking (e.g. gymnasiums/personal trainers) must comply with their general duty of care under the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

"They must ensure the health and safety of all workers at work and the health and safety of all other people (e.g. clients) who might be affected by the work.

"This includes providing and maintaining a safe work environment, safe plant and equipment and information, training, instruction or supervision necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking."

After the incident, Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland Chief Executive Phil Schultz said the organisation would fully cooperate with the investigation.

Schultz advised "this is a terrible incident and everyone here at PCYC Qld has been impacted by it.” 

Despite some media reports and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's implication, Australasian Leisure Management understands that the Pine Rivers PCYC was not a 24/7 facility.

Images: The gym at Pine Rivers PCYC (top) and Ben Shaw (below). Images courtesy of Facebook.

23rd August 2016 - EXERCISENZ RELEASES GUIDELINES ON MANAGEMENT OF UNSUPERVISED FITNESS FACILITIES

6th September 2015 - AFIRM MANUAL AIMS TO IMPROVE GYM SAFETY 

8th December 2014 - CLUB BASED FITNESS PROGRAMS PROVING POPULAR WITH TEENAGERS

19th March 2014 - LES MILLS ON A MISSION TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE MOVING

19th April 2013 - ARE WE CREATING THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENTS FOR YOUTH FITNESS?

19th May 2009 - KIDS IN NZ GYMS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

VLOCKER

Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 

Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

SOLARWISE NSW DOLPHIN TECH

Solarwise NSW / Dolphin Tech were the first and are the largest Dolphin dealer in NSW with a full service facility and full range of spare parts "on the shelf". We also provide on site…

read more

Aquatics / Venues

 
 

ELITE POOL COVERS

Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Technology / Venues

 
 

GreeneDesk

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business