A heartbroken mum is suing the gym that her teenage son was a member of after he died when crushed under a 98kg bar weight whilst working out.
Ben Shaw, from Brisbane, Australia, was allegedly left with serious injuries when a 98kg bar weight fell onto his throat. After being in intensive care for three days, he passed away when his family made the difficult decision to turn his life support machine off.
The 15-year-old had been training alone at the Pine Rivers PCYC gym in Brisbane, Australia, when the weight fell onto his throat.
The accident, which took place in September 2017, left the teenager with serious injuries.
Reportedly, the teen was trapped under the equipment for 30 minutes before someone noticed. He was then rushed to the hospital.
Three days later, his family made the devastating decision to switch off his life support.
According to the Daily Mail, Ben’s mum, Dalya, is now suing the Queensland PCYC as she hopes to stop an incident like this from ever happening again.
Dalya told the Sunday Mail: “I want to invoke change and prevent another family’s lives from being turned upside down and going through what I have and continue to go through.
“What has happened is not okay and never will be okay, regardless of any legal outcomes.”
Dalya is not the only one suing the Queensland PCYC, as Work Health and Safety is also prosecuting the gym. However, it could take years for an outcome to be reached.
Ben’s mum has been left “completely devastated” by her son’s tragic death and has described him as being her best friend.
Dalya has now filed more than $581,000 in damages and has alleged to the District Court that Queensland PCYC breached its duty of care.
She has also alleged that there were a lot of procedures that hadn’t been put in place or weren’t being followed, which included a lack of supervision.
So far, no defence has been filed and no hearing date has yet to be set.
Following the incident, PCYC Queensland Board chair Garry Humphries said words were “not enough to describe the sadness we feel for the Shaw family”.