A member of a gym based in Barnstaple has received compensation after a piece of gym equipment failed, causing an accident.
Charlotte Brown, who is a member of the Fitness Factory gym, was using an exercise bike in a spin-cycle class last year. During the class a pedal snapped off the bike, which sent Ms Brown flying from the machine.
As a result of the accident she suffered a broken finger. According to her injury solicitor the finger was more of an inconvenience than anything else, but nonetheless it made working and socialising more difficult for the woman.
By all accounts this was not the first piece of equipment to break at the gym. Ms Brown had suffered bruising after another part of the exercise bike failed.
Her solicitor said: “It’s somewhat worrying when equipment such as this, which is subject to considerable stresses and strains, breaks when being used for nothing more than the purpose for which it was designed in the first place.
“Fortunately, Charlotte’s injury was modest in the overall scheme of things, but it did interfere with her work and social life for some months before she fully recovered.”
Although the exact payout was not revealed, compensation amounts are normally calculated on the type and severity of the injury sustained and the impact it has on the victim’s life.