Queensland PCYC To Face Court After Teen Died During Workout
Two years after 15-year-old Ben Shaw died following a workout at a Queensland PCYC gym, prosecutors have accused the organisation of safety failures.
The teenager died after a workout at the Pine Rivers PCYC gym in September 2017.
Shaw was allegedly at the gym alone when a staff member found him pinned under a heavy barbell.
It's understood Shaw had been doing a bench-press when the equipment came down on his neck.
The teenager was rushed to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, where he died four days later.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigated Shaw's death before providing a brief of evidence to prosecutors.
Two years on, The Office Of Industrial Relations told 10 daily that the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor is taking the Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association to court over Shaw's death.
The Office confirmed in a statement they were pursuing a "Category 2 Offence" under the Work Health and Safety Act.
The prosecutors are accusing the PCYC of "failing to comply with a health and safety duty and exposing individuals to a risk of death or serious injury".
According to PCYC gym and fitness centre policy, children under the age of 16 must complete an induction with a parent or guardian and must be supervised while at the gym.
The case will be heard in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on November 8.
"As this matter is now subject to legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment any further," a spokesman said.
Shaw was a promising footballer who played with the Pine Central Holy Spirit Hornets. He was training for the upcoming season at the time of his death.
His legacy continues two years later with the club asking members to donate their old football boots or sports shoes, to be distributed to charity 'Boots For Africa'.
10 daily has contacted PCYC Pine Rivers for comment.