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SurveyMonkey CEO Dies in Gym Accident

SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg was fatally injured at a gym in Mexico, according to recent reports. Goldberg, 47, who was also husband to Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg, was using the gym while on vacation at a resort in Mexico when he collapsed due to severe head trauma. It is unclear what happened, but Goldberg was found next to a treadmill at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita. Family members said that they went to look for him when he did not return to his room for several hours after leaving to exercise. He was found with a blow to the lower back of his head with a pool of blood surrounding him. Officials say he apparently fell and struck his head while exercising, but there is no official report on the cause of death at this time. Although Goldberg had vital signs when he was discovered, he died later at a Nuevo Vallarta hospital from hypovolemic shock.

Gym and Home Accidents With Exercise Equipment

Goldberg's death is the second high-profile case to involve exercise equipment in the past few months, beginning with Harry Reid's home gym accident on New Year's Day. Both of these accidents remind us that, while exercising and getting fit is healthy, using gym equipment can and does carry some risk. This risk is heightened when individuals use gym equipment by themselves without another person around or at home without proper inspection of equipment by qualified personnel. While most gym equipment is safe for use, there are always risks inherent in using exercise machines and other items designed for exercise. To minimize this risk, always take the following precautions:
  • Always exercise with a partner. Having two people exercise at the same time is one way to minimize the risk of an accident or to have help immediately available if an accident does occur.
  • Always inspect equipment before use. If you see anything that looks wrong with the equipment, do not use it. Instead, consult an expert for repair or replace the item if it is easily disposable.
  • Have equipment serviced regularly. Any exercise machines should be serviced by a qualified representative of the company that manufactured the equipment on a regular basis.
If you have been injured in an accident involving exercise equipment at home or at a gym, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for more information on handling your claim for damages.