Man Left in Critical Condition After Being Crushed by Weights at a Spring Hill Gym

A man was left fighting for his life after being crushed by weights and sustaining severe injuries at a Spring Hill Gym.

Fellow gym-goers rushed to save the man who was crushed by a barbell for 33 minutes early Thursday morning on 17 November 2022 at the unstaffed Snap Fitness gym on Turbot Street, Spring Hill.

Emergency services were called at around 5.47 am and paramedics who rushed to the scene said the man’s injuries to the head and chest were “very severe.”

Queensland Ambulance Critical Director Lachlan Parker said that it’s not known what happened exactly but said that the man appears to have been “struck by a weight” that severely injured his head and chest. The man, aged between 25-35, was resuscitated and anaesthetised before being taken to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where he is in critical condition.

Queensland Ambulance Critical Director Lachlan Parker thanked the other gym-goers at the scene who with the help of triple-zero operators immediately performed first aid whilst waiting for emergency crews to arrive.

Whilst Snap Fitness is a 24-hour gym, it is only staffed between 10 am and 7 pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 2 pm on Fridays. 

Snap Fitness said that it is already aware of what happened at its gym in Spring Hill and that they were saddened to learn about the condition of the man. They added that they have provided the gym members who witnessed and those who assisted access to counselling services and support.