Ken Reinig, speaker and health club insurance expert turns his attention to treadmills and suggests owners keep their heads out of the clouds and their feet on the ground to make sure they are not liable in treadmill injury claims against them.
Lakewood, Co: November 22, 2016– Ken Reinig, well-known risk management specialist, posted a new article on his website entitled “Don’t Be A Space Cadet With Your Club’s Treadmills.” While treadmills, according to Mr. Reinig are, “still one of the major causes of liability claims in the health club industry”, he offers several easy ways to minimize risk in his latest article.
Reinig writes, “Though we do live in what could be called “the space age” with all of our technical space-age gadgets and savvy, some club owners simply space out when it comes to protecting themselves against liability claims that come as a result of treadmills mishaps.” Reinig relates a personal story to illustrate. He writes, “When I was a kid I loved watching the Jetsons cartoon show. I’ll never forget the one where George Jetson takes his dog, Astro for a walk. The Jetsons really lived in the Space Age. In fact, they didn’t even have streets and parks where they could walk the dogs. George had to walk Astro on a treadmill on his terrace.”
According to Reinig’s story, “While George is walking the dog, a cat jumps on the treadmill in front of Astro and the chase is on.The speed of the treadmill escalates to the point that George can no longer keep up the pace and he falls on the belt.” He continues adding, “Unlike in real life, George is not catapulted off the back of the treadmill like your members would be, nor is he hurt. That’s what can happen in cartoons. Instead for the sake of a good laugh, the cartoonist has George remaining on the belt as it spins around while he tries in vain to regain his balance. It was a funny cartoon, but in real life when someone falls on a treadmill in a health club it can spell lawsuit.”
The entire article can be read at https://theinsuranceguy.com/dont-be-a-space-cadet-with-your-clubs-treadmills/
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About Ken Reinig:
The fitness industry’s leading risk management specialist, Ken is the past president and founder of Association Insurance Group and has been insuring health clubs, instructors, and personal trainers for over 20 years.