Narrow escape in gym accident

A FATHER-OF-TWO had a lucky escape when gym equipment he was using collapsed on top of him.Kevin Jones, 44, suffered a slight fracture of the skull and required multiple stitches in a 10cm-long laceration to his face after the accident.

A FATHER-OF-TWO had a lucky escape when gym equipment he was using collapsed on top of him.

Kevin Jones, 44, suffered a slight fracture of the skull and required multiple stitches in a 10cm-long laceration to his face after the accident.

Hospital staff told Mr Jones, from Ipswich, that the cut was up 25mm to 30mm deep and had it penetrated another 5mm, he could have suffered brain damage.

Fitness enthusiast Mr Jones was staying at the Park Hotel Kursaal in the holiday resort of Misano in Italy on Wednesday when the accident happened.


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He was one of seven adults accompanying the Bourne Vale under-14s football team, who were playing in the San Marino Cup, and had decided to work out in the hotel gymnasium along with some of the boys.

Mr Jones, of Luther Road, had a sauna before starting to lift some of the weights. He had been working out for about five minutes and was lifting the maximum 140 kilos when the equipment toppled over and landed on him.

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Members of the squad, including Mr Jones' 14-year-old son Brendan, were in the room at the time and raised the alarm.

An ambulance took Mr Jones to Riccione Ceccarini Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries, which also included bruising to his neck and shoulder.

Mr Jones, who was accompanied to the hospital by his girlfriend, Donna Carrington, was kept in overnight for observation before being released the following morning.

He said: "It all happened in slow motion. I think I took the brunt of it on my shoulder and I could not get out of the way quickly enough. I dread to think what would have happened if it had fallen on one of the boys.

"The hospital staff kept emphasising how lucky I was."

A statement issued by the hotel said it accepted Mr Jones was an experienced operator of gymnasium equipment and had not required any supervision while in the gym.

The hotel added it also accepted that the equipment that fell on Mr Jones had not been bolted to the floor.

The matter is now in the hands of the hotel's insurance company and Mr Jones said he would be seeking legal advice.

Mr Jones was out of hospital in time to see son Brendan score against Swedish opponents as Bourne Vale reached the final of the Plate competition, where they lost to a Greek side on penalties.

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