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I suffered an injury on a wet floor at the gym. The manager says I can’t sue because I signed a “general release” when I joined. Is this true?

While it’s standard procedure for a health club or gym to require members to sign a liability waiver, members still have rights. The purpose of a general release of liability waiver is to protect the gym from injuries caused by members. It’s common to sustain an injury while exercising. For example, pulling a muscle by lifting too much weight, misusing an exercise machine, or overexerting are typical injuries covered members are prohibited from bringing about legal action. However, when an injury is sustained due to the gym’s negligence, a release is not enough to excuse the gym from liability. Similar to other slip and fall accidents, gym owners are bound by a general duty of care. This means gym members must be adequately warned of wet floors, slick surfaces, and faulty equipment. Areas such as freshly mopped floors or shower rooms that are frequently wet should display warning signs to

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Construction Site Accidents, What you need to know

Workplace accidents happen far too often, especially on or near construction sites. Workers are often subjected to serious industry specific hazards due to the dangerous nature of their profession. In Rhode Island the construction industry is thriving and the number of construction accidents is unfortunately rising. Statistics from the United States Department of Labor  (DOL) tells us that twenty percent of all workplace fatalities nationwide were in the construction industry. In 2014, there were 899 deaths, or more than two deaths per day! The DOL goes on to state that the four most common types of construction injuries, AKA the “fatal four”, are: Falls Electrocutions Being struck by an object Being caught on, or crushed by equipment or collapsing buildings. Other reasons, or causes, construction workers are vulnerable to injuries include; exposure to chemicals, and injuries sustained from faulty or poorly maintained equipment.

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