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Safety alert for treadmills in health & fitness facilities in Australia : Results from a pilot study of an observational audit tool

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Betul Sekendiz, SE Gray, K Norton, P Keyzer, J Dietrich, JM Eickhoff-Shemek, CF Finch
Introduction: Design of a health/fitness facility is a crucial element in managing risks to its operators, users and others. Improper location of treadmills not compliant with industry recommendations can increase the risk of injuries, adverse events and subsequent legal liability for health/fitness facility operators. The aim of our study was to analyse the location (spacing and placement) of treadmills in health/fitness facilities in Australia. Methods: An on-site observational audit was conducted at regional and metropolitan health/fitness facilities (n = 11) in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. The spacing surrounding the treadmills was measured in centimetres (cm). Placement was assessed by the objects within two metres behind the treadmills. Results: In all health/fitness facilities the distances surrounding the treadmills on the sides, and behind were less than the recommended minimum distances (0.5 - 1m on the sides, 2m behind) by the manufacturers. In most of the health/fitness facilities there was other equipment (60%, n = 6) within two metres behind the treadmills. Discussion: The findings suggest that most of the health/fitness facilities audited in this study do not comply with industry minimum recommendations on location of treadmills necessary for safe operation. Conclusion: Health/fitness facility operators in Australia should be trained to increase their awareness about the risks associated with improper location of treadmills to take appropriate preventive measures.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

5

Issue

1

Start Page

24

End Page

28

Number of Pages

5

ISSN

2201-5655

Location

Australia

Publisher

Australian Institute of Fitness

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Bond University (Gold Coast, Qld.); Federation University Australia; La Trobe University; Monash University; School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of South Australia; University of South Florida;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Fitness Research

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