Portslade fitness fanatic crushed to death by his home gym

A fitness fanatic was crushed to death by weight training equipment as he worked out in his garage.

Landlord Oliver Steer found the body of his lodger, Chris Bailey, in his garage in Mill Close, Portslade, after Mr Bailey had decided to go for a workout in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Bailey had only bought the work-out bench six weeks ago to save money instead of joining a gym.

Yesterday P&O caterer Mr Steer paid tribute to his 28-year-old lodger as “a lovely kid”.

He said he and Mr Bailey, who had lived at the property for the last three months, had been drinking until 3am on Saturday when Mr Steer, 57, decided to go to bed.

When he woke in the morning, he found the lounge light on, the front door open and the garage light on.

He said: “I found him on the bench with the bar across his chest.

“I tried to wake him but I knew he was dead.

“I had to try and lift the weight off him which wasn’t easy because it was so heavy.

“I tried to resuscitate him but he was gone.

“Police told me he must have been dead for at least five hours when I found him.

“I don’t think he had gone to bed. He was still wearing the same clothes.”

Mr Steer said that Mr Bailey was originally from Nottingham and had been living above the Mill House pub in Mill Lane, Portslade, before moving in with him and another lodger.

Mr Bailey was working at a bakery in Portslade.

He said: “He was right into his fitness stuff, he had a bike and he loved to ride it.

“He should never have tried to lift weights those heavy by himself, he should have had someone to spot him.

“I hope he rests in peace but that people learn how dangerous these weights can be.”

Paramedics were initially called to the home at just after noon on Saturday.

Sussex Police were then called at 12.50pm and detectives investigated because of the man’s age and his sudden death.

Officers said there was no evidence at the scene that a crime had taken place The death is being treated as unexplained until the results of a post-mortem examination, which is due to take place today, are known.

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11:14am Mon 21 May 12

eveningordaytime says...

Tragic, but why lift weights when you have been drinking?
Tragic, but why lift weights when you have been drinking? eveningordaytime

12:26pm Mon 21 May 12

dogsrbest says...

so shocked !! bailey 'RIP' we had a few laugh's sue xx
so shocked !! bailey 'RIP' we had a few laugh's sue xx dogsrbest

2:02pm Mon 21 May 12

highlighter85 says...

RIP Chris Bailey
RIP Chris Bailey highlighter85

2:28pm Mon 21 May 12

cvs says...

Sad but what is the real headline here. "Judgment impaired by drink"
Sad but what is the real headline here. "Judgment impaired by drink" cvs

3:13pm Mon 21 May 12

papa_melons says...

cvs wrote:
Sad but what is the real headline here. "Judgment impaired by drink"
* Dislike *
R.I.P. Chris
[quote][p][bold]cvs[/bold] wrote: Sad but what is the real headline here. "Judgment impaired by drink"[/p][/quote]* Dislike * R.I.P. Chris papa_melons

7:10pm Mon 21 May 12

SamCandles says...

How very sad. Such a waste of a life. I'm sure his friends and family are devastated. I guess, having had a few drinks he felt he could take on the weights. If only he had gone to bed instead. Very very sad. RIP young man
How very sad. Such a waste of a life. I'm sure his friends and family are devastated. I guess, having had a few drinks he felt he could take on the weights. If only he had gone to bed instead. Very very sad. RIP young man SamCandles

10:33am Tue 22 May 12

biscuit dunker says...

no drinking is a good idea full stop.
no drinking is a good idea full stop. biscuit dunker

11:17am Wed 23 May 12

tedfat says...

cvs wrote:
Sad but what is the real headline here. "Judgment impaired by drink"
Thanks for you infinite words of wisdom CVS.. thats my nephew your talking about and all though we all know the dangerous of drink when your in that state of mind you forget and have impaired judgement.
Plus we still dont know the full facts about what happened yet, he might have only been drinking shandy for all you know.
Think before you speak..
[quote][p][bold]cvs[/bold] wrote: Sad but what is the real headline here. "Judgment impaired by drink"[/p][/quote]Thanks for you infinite words of wisdom CVS.. thats my nephew your talking about and all though we all know the dangerous of drink when your in that state of mind you forget and have impaired judgement. Plus we still dont know the full facts about what happened yet, he might have only been drinking shandy for all you know. Think before you speak.. tedfat

9:41pm Wed 23 May 12

Levent says...

Why is someone who exercises
a few times a week a "fanatic"?
while smokers who smoke 20 a day (140 times a week) aren't labelled "sickness fanatics"?
That said, a terrible accident, and easily solved by pushing up on one side of the bar and letting gravity take the other side, or rolling the bar off you (as I have done a few times). R.I.P!
Why is someone who exercises a few times a week a "fanatic"? while smokers who smoke 20 a day (140 times a week) aren't labelled "sickness fanatics"? That said, a terrible accident, and easily solved by pushing up on one side of the bar and letting gravity take the other side, or rolling the bar off you (as I have done a few times). R.I.P! Levent

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