First Aid in the Fitness Industry
Gyms under spotlight after man’s death
Updated August 18, 2011 12:56:00
Coroner calls for first aid training in gyms (7pm TV News VIC)
A Victorian coroner is calling for greater regulation of the
fitness industry after the death of a 29-year-old man at a Melbourne gym.
David Thomas went without CPR immediately after suffering a heart attack in
2007 because there was only one worker on duty and her first-aid training was
out of date.
The coroner found his death was not preventable, but on Wednesday recommended
the State Government introduce regulations for mandatory first-aid training for
Mr Thomas’s sister Jenny Cursio says her family has been fighting for four
years to improve industry regulations.
“We never wanted it to become anything more than a vehicle where we could
make a change,” she said.
The Thomas family’s lawyer, John Cain, says the Government must act
“The clear message from the coroner is that the industry regulation that has
existed to date has failed, it’s inadequate,” he said.
“What the coroner is saying is the Government needs to step in, fill that
void, and introduce some regulations.”
The gym’s owner, Fitness First, supports the move.
First posted August 17, 2011 19:33:23