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Blonde fitness fan bags $500,000 compensation after lifting heavy weight in gym

A fitness fan has been awarded $500,000 in compensation after she slipped a disc moving a heavy weight at the gym.   

Jacqueline Powell, 42, was awarded $551,000 after injuring her back at the New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre at Leonay in Western Sydney in February 2016.

Judge Leonard Levy SC told New South Wales District Court that the gym had acted negligently after leaving weights 'strewn and scattered' on the floor 'in circumstances of hazardous mess and untidiness'.

Jacqueline Powell, 42, was awarded $551,000 after injuring her back at the New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre at Leonay in Western Sydney in February 2016

The mother-of-three suffered a slipped disc in her back when she attempted to tidy away the weights before doing her own workout, reported the Daily Mercury.    

Ms Powell she still suffers pain after the incident which can make it difficult to 'get through the day'.

The twisting motion resulted in her feeling an 'immense and intense pain' in her lower back, which she initially assumed was a strain.

Medical tests later confirmed the act of lifting the weight had resulted in a L4/5 disc protrusion, requiring four separate surgeries since the accident four years ago.

The court heard Ms Powell picked up the 25kg weight using a 'load bearing lift' before turning around to put it on the rack

The New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre in Western Sydney was found negligent for failing to provide a safe space to workout in. 

Gym equipment including two weight bars and a least six weight plates were left on the floor on the day of Ms Powell's injury, after the popular 'tradies hour'. 

Judge Levy said the gym was responsible for failing to clean up the equipment.

He said the injury could have been avoided if the operators had taken care to ensure the space was free of obstructions.  

Ms Powell's Lawyer Maurice Blackburn principal Dimi Ioannou said should serve as a warning to gym owners across the country.

'Gym owners and operators have a responsibility to make sure they keep the place safe for their members, and a safe environment at all times,' he said.

The New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre at Leonay in Western Sydney (pictured) was found negligent for failing to provide a safe space


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