When most people go to the gym, their reason for walking the door, lacing up sneakers, and working up a sweat is to work toward a healthier, fitter future. However, when the managers, owners, and executives behind a health club ignore basic safety standards, members and employees may find themselves in serious danger. Given the equipment, chemicals, heat, and electricity that running a gym demands, safety negligence of any sort can put many at an elevated risk.
The widespread presence of industrial and construction worksites across the Chicago area has brought it a well-earned reputation for being a blue collar, working-man's city. These kind of work environments, however, open up employees to a multitude of health risks that include injury, disease, and even death.
When beginning a new job, workers today are usually given thorough training on performing the duties of their job. Included in this training is a run-down on safety procedures, such as proper equipment handling and usage, record-keeping and reporting, use of safety equipment, and sharing various rules and regulations. While this may seem “old hat” to most of us, it was not so long ago that workplace safety was barely, if at all, regulated or mandated. Take for instance the 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair which detailed working conditions in the meatpacking industry. “The Jungle” revealed working and sanitary conditions so dangerous and gruesome that the United States government was forced to respond with inspections and ultimately increased regulations. Today, however, a worker may find that his or her safety is under the regard of multiple large organizations, including government, private and non-profit.