Bar­bell pins man by throat

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

FOOTAGE has emerged of a sec­ond Queens­land gym-goer drop­ping a heavy bar­bell on his throat dur­ing a bench-press gone hor­ri­bly wrong.

The ter­ri­fy­ing clip, filmed by CCTV at Ge­n­e­sis gym at Mo­ray­field, last Thurs­day, shows Ja­son Layt, 28, (pic­tured) at­tempt­ing a 120kg lift when the bar falls and pins him to the bench for 17 sec­onds.

He was freed only when other gym users re­alised what had hap­pened. The in­ci­dent was the sec­ond in five days, after Ben Shaw, 15, of Bris­bane, re­port­edly dropped a Smith ma­chine bar car­ry­ing more than his body weight across his throat on Tues­day.

Ben is on life sup­port in Bris­bane’s Lady Ci­lento Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Ge­n­e­sis Mo­ray­field owner, cham­pion body­builder and for­mer LNP politi­cian Ja­son Wood­forth, said bench-press mishaps oc­curred ev­ery day.

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