Boy, 15, dies in hospital after horror gym accident

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has tragically died after his throat was crushed in a horror accident at a gym in Brisbane.

Ben Shaw was trying to lift 98kg on a bench press at the Pine Rivers PCYC at Bray Park on Wednesday night when the weight bar fell on his neck.

He was alone and laid unconscious with the 98kg bar across his throat for 30 minutes before he was found.


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Ben’s football club, the Pine Central Holy Spirit Hornets, released a statement on Facebook on Sunday, confirming the teen died in hospital on Saturday.

“On behalf of Pine Central Holy Spirit Rlfc I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the Shaw family,” Club President Sharon Hickey said.

Ben Shaw, 15, died after being crushed in a horror accident at a gym in Brisbane (Source: Pine Central Holy Spirit Hornets)

“Yesterday afternoon they lost their beautiful Ben and has been able to leave a legacy by donating his tissue and organs to enable recipients have their lives saved and changed forever as a result.

“As a club, we will be assisting to see the world through Ben’s eyes and ensure his legacy lives on in support of his parent’s and family.”

The tragic incident is now the subject of a Work Safe Queensland investigation.