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Man wins compensation over faulty gym equipment

Posted in: Gym & Leisure Centre Injuries Public Liability 

A man has been awarded £1.3million in compensation after faulty gym equipment left him blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. 46-year-old Muaro Carneiro had been using the equipment at David Lloyd Leisure, founded by the former British tennis star, when a fitness resistance band came free from its fastings and hit him in the eyes. David Lloyd Leisure admitted failing to discharge a duty contrary to section 30 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Teeside crown court.

It was heard in court that the leisure company had failed to ensure the safety of its members and had failed to carry out suitable risk-assessments. James Ageros, QC, for David Lloyd Leisure, said: “This type of equipment does not usually fail, which makes it appear in our submission to be a freak accident.

“hearing date set for 15 May 2015”

Mr Carneiro’s LinkedIn profile describes him as Managing Director Europe at ThyssenKrupp Accessibility Holding GmbH. Mr Carneiro had been the director of multiple engineering firms, but had to take one week off work following the incident.

The prosecution against David Lloyd was brought by Stockton Borough Council. A spokesman said: “David Lloyd Leisure Limited, a privately run Stockton Health Club, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act at Teesside Crown Court today… A hearing date for sentencing has been set for 15 May 2015.”

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