Australian teenager, 15, killed after being crushed by his own gym weights

Andy Wells
Ben Shaw died three days after his weights dropped onto his neck (Facebook/Pine Central Spirit Hornets)

A teenager in Australia has tragically died after he was crushed by his own gym weights.

Ben Shaw, 15, accidentally dropped a 100kg weight onto his neck and was left lying trapped for around 30 minutes before he was rushed to hospital.

The teen has been working out at the Pine Rivers PCYC gym in Brisbane, Australia, on Wednesday morning and was left with serious injuries.

Sadly, Ben’s family were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support machine on Saturday, three days after the incident.

The teenager was a regular gym goer (Facebook/Ben Shaw)

The young weightlifter’s rugby league club, the Pine Central Holy Spirit Hornets, said in a statement: “Yesterday afternoon they (the Shaw family) lost their beautiful Ben.

“(He) has been able to leave a legacy by donating his tissue and organs to enable recipients have their lives saved and changed forever as a result.

“As a club we will be assisting to see the world through Ben’s eyes and ensure his legacy lives on in support of his parents and family.”

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PCYC Queensland chief Phil Schultz said: “We are deeply saddened by this incident and are offering support to all PCYC Pine Rivers members and staff.

“We will also offer support to family and friends of the young man involved.”

Worksafe Queensland has launched an investigation into the incident and the Pine Rivers PCYC has been closed since Wednesday.

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