Teen critically injured, crushed by heavy weight during solo gym workout

UPDATE 6:25 PM | A TEENAGE boy is in hospital fighting for his life tonight after being crushed by a heavy weight while working out at a gym in Brisbane.

The awful accident happened at the Pine Rivers PCYC at Bray Park in the city’s north on Tuesday night.

The 15-year-old was reportedly working out alone in the gym alone when tragedy struck around 8.30pm.


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It’s understood the boy was using a bench press and was trying to lift 100kg when the bar fell on his throat.

The teen weighs 65kg and was reportedly pinned under the weight bar for around 20 minutes before he was found.

PCYC staff and gym members administered first aid and tried to keep the boy alive before paramedics arrived.

Ambulance officers took over treatment at the scene before rushing the teen to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

He has since been placed on life-support and is tonight in the intensive care unit with his family by his side.

Queensland Ambulance said the boy’s condition was “serious” when he was initially transported to hospital but his condition deteriorated overnight.

In a statement, PCYC Queensland CEO Phil Schultz said counselling and ongoing support was being offered to PCYC staff and the teen’s family and friends.

“This kind of news is always deeply distressing,” Mr Schultz said.

“This is a terrible incident and everyone here at PCYC Queensland has been impacted.

“Our hearts go out to his family and friends and the wider community.”

Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to use weights equipment without supervision.

The Pine Rivers facility is closed today and will remain so until further notice while the circumstances surrounding the incident are investigated.

It’s understood the whole ordeal was captured on CCTV cameras.

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating.

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