A teenage boy has died in hospital three days after being crushed by a 98 kilogram weight while working out at his local gym.
Ben Shaw was reportedly stuck for up to 30 minutes beneath the heavy barbell after it fell on his neck at the Pine Rivers PCYC gym in Brisbane, on Wednesday morning.
Left with serious injuries the 15-year-old was rushed to hospital, before his family was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support on Saturday.
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Ben Shaw (pictured), the teenage boy crushed beneath a heavy weight at a Brisbane gym this week, has died in hospital three days after the incident
Tributes have flowed for the young weightlifter, with his junior rugby league club releasing a statement telling how Ben had left a 'legacy' by being able to donate his organs (pictured)
Staff at the Pine Rivers PCYC (pictured) administered first aid to the boy before paramedics arrived and took him to Lady Cilento Hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday evening
Tributes have flowed for the young weightlifter, with his rugby league club releasing a statement telling how Ben had left a 'legacy' by being able to donate his organs.
'Yesterday afternoon they (the Shaw family) lost their beautiful Ben,' the statement by Pine Central Holy Spirit Hornets read.
'(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 parent’s and family.'
The gym where he suffered the injuries has been closed ever since the incident.
The announcement of Ben's death came ahead of the NRL Grand Final, with his team the North Queensland Cowboys set to take on the Melbourne Storm.
Ben's father took to Facebook hours after switching off his life support to share a photo of his son with a smile on his face and a Cowboys hat on his head.
Friends of Ben said he was a regular at the gym and had been competing in junior weightlifting competitions across the state.
The 15-year-old's neck was reportedly pinned by equipment while he was working out
'We are deeply saddened by this incident and are offering support to all PCYC Pine Rivers members and staff,' PCYC Queensland chief Phil Schultz said.
'We will also offer support to family and friends of the young man involved.'
Two staff members at the gym performed first aid on Ben until paramedics could arrive and rush him to hospital.
Worksafe Queensland has launched an investigation and the Pine Rivers PCYC has been closed until further notice.