A young gym-goer died when he fell off a treadmill and hit his head, an inquest has heard. Kamrul Hassan fell backwards on the device at Small Heath Leisure Centre in August while not wearing a safety wire. Mr Hassan was a business student in London and died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital six days after the accident. Coroner Louise Hull said: ‘I have watched the CCTV footage and it shows Mr Hassan falling back, almost in a vertical position and hitting his head. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.
Mr Hassan’s brother, Khairul, said: ‘Kamrul was a kind and polite boy. He was very popular and his death has devastated us and his parents, who are in Bangladesh.’ The coroner ruled that the death was an accident but said she would write to the council-rum gym to ask them to enforce the use of the safety wire while on treadmills. A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said: ‘We would like to offer our condolences to the family of Kamrul Hassan.
‘This was a terrible accident at one of our gyms and the coroner is right to think about how a similar accident could be avoided in the future. ‘The vast majority of our treadmills are fitted with emergency cords and all have emergency buttons. ‘However, we will consider the issue of signage at our gyms and discuss the issue with UK Active, the national fitness body, to see how to take this forward.’
via Metro UK