Gym faces criminal charges after promising footballer, 15, died when a 98kg bench press fell on his neck and he ‘wasn’t rescued for 30 minutes’
- Ben Shaw suffered catastrophic injuries when a 98kg weight fell on his neck
- He suffered serious injuries and his family were forced to switch off life support
- The gym will now face court for failing to comply with a health and safety duty
Ben Shaw (pictured), the teenage boy crushed beneath a heavy weight at a Brisbane gym, died in hospital three days after the incident
A Queensland gym will face court over the death of a 15-year-old who was crushed by a 98 kilogram weight.
Ben Shaw was allegedly stuck for up to 30 minutes beneath the heavy barbell after it fell on his neck at the Pine Rivers PCYC gym in Brisbane in September 2017.
His family was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support after he suffered serious injuries. He died three days later.
Two years after the tragedy, the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor has charged the gym with failing to comply with a health and safety duty.
A statement from the Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor said: ‘After careful consideration, the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor has commenced a prosecution against the Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association for a Category 2 offence under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011’.
Staff at the Pine Rivers PCYC (pictured) administered first aid to the boy before paramedics arrived and took him to Lady Cilento Hospital in a critical condition
The statement said it had been charged for failing to comply with a health and safety duty and exposing individuals to a risk of death or serious injury.
The case is expected to be mentioned in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on November 8.
Friends of Ben said he was a regular at the gym and had been competing in junior weightlifting competitions across the state.
Two staff members at the gym performed first aid on Ben until paramedics could arrive and rush him to hospital.
The 15-year-old’s neck was reportedly pinned by equipment while he was working out