Man left in critical condition with ‘serious injuries’ after being ‘hit by weight’ at unstaffed gym


An Australian man is fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a weight at an unmanned gym in Queensland.

Paramedics were called at 5.47am to Snap Fitness in the Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill after reporting that a man, aged 25 to 35, had suffered serious injuries.

SnapFitness. Credit: Ken Wolter / Alamy

“When the Queensland Ambulance Service dispatched an ambulance to the scene his injuries were very serious so we dispatched two teams including an intensive care paramedic,” Mr Parker said.

“It’s unclear how it actually happened, but it appears he was hit by a weight in the gym, causing serious head and chest injuries.”

Mr Parker went on to reveal that when the paramedics came to life, other gym-goers were already performing life-saving resuscitation on the man as they waited for help.

“Cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be performed before we arrive at the scene,” Mr Parker said.

He revealed that once the paramedics took control of the scene, they continued the life-saving treatment.

“Paramedics resuscitated and treated all immediate death threats, including anesthesia of the patient, and transported him to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in very serious condition.”

Snap Fitness is a 24-hour gym that was unsupervised at the time of the incident.

Paramedics transported him to hospital in serious condition.  Credit: Geneviève Vallée / Alamy
Paramedics transported him to hospital in serious condition. Credit: Geneviève Vallée / Alamy

The Queensland Ambulance spokesperson then praised gym-goers in Brisbane who acted quickly to help the man before paramedics arrived on the scene.

“There were bystanders present and they rendered immediate assistance to the triple-0 operators,” Mr Parker said.

He added: “They were very active and engaged in treating the patient before we arrived.”

The clinical director of Queensland Ambulance went on to add that the man’s injuries are a stark reminder that gym goers should exercise caution when exercising.

“In the perfect environment, we should always be with people when we’re at the gym, and you should always have a good understanding of how that gym equipment works,” Parker said.

“If you’re in the gym, when something happens to someone else, you always have to make sure you understand where their defibrillators are, how to call triple-0, and provide any assistance you might need. “

The gym is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

Snap Fitness has been approached for comment.


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