GYM EQUIPMENT END CAPS AND GYM SAFETY
All home gyms, commercial gyms and single
station strength equipment utilize end caps to close off and
seal the exposed ends of the square, rectangular or round steel
tubing that is used to construct the frames of the equipment.
Although the usually black
plastic square, or rectangular or sometimes round end caps
are decorative, they serve a more important function than being
merely decorative. One would think that it is insignificant
if some are missing from a piece of strength equipment. However,
they are actually there as safety devices. Without them in
place, exposed corners of the metal structural tubing of the
frames can be sharp, which can scrape the unwary and even gouge
out pieces of human skin when they are accidentally encountered
with force. This can happen in a moment of inattentiveness,
or in horse play, which is often the case in school weight
rooms. That is why their absence should be noted during routine
weight room maintenance.
The open ends of the frame
pieces can trap fingers and cut hands when they are momentarily
leaned on for support. Unfortunately, some people, use the
open ends of a gym's frame pieces as a convenient place to
stick their trash. Additionally, if the end caps are missing
from the frame pieces at the bottom of the weight machines,
the lower frames can serve as nesting places for mice.
End caps for gym strength training machines and weight lifting benches come in various sizes to fit the various size frame pieces, but they are inexpensive and should be replaced if missing, both for safety and décor.