The filing claims 80-year-old David Robinson had no way of getting out of the building’s sauna and spent hours in 100-plus degree heat.
According to Robinson’s family, the man went to the Greensburg YMCA on March 14, 2020, to work out.“
Mr. Robinson went to the Greensburg YMCA to use the swimming pool and in turn, go into the sauna,” said Robert N. Pierce, the victim’s attorney.
However, the man would never make it out of the YMCA alive.“
What we know is that he went into the sauna on the evening of March 14 and was unable to leave,” Pierce said.
The lawsuit claims, amongst other things, that the sauna at the YMCA did not have a functioning way to open the door to get out.“
We believe no one found Mr. Robinson because no one checked the locker room and sauna before they shut down and locked up the Greensburg YMCA,” Piece said.“
The sauna ran from 4:30 in the morning until 1030 at night at a temperature of around 112 degrees,” the attorney representing the family added.
The Westmoreland County coroner listed Robinson’s death as a result of natural causes. And because of that, no autopsy was performed.
George Stewart, attorney for the Greensburg YMCA, declined an on-camera interview but released the following statement.“
The complaint is full of inaccuracies and the most egregious is that the sauna door could not be opened from the inside. The YMCA is not in any way responsible for the gentleman’s passing.”
The 263-acre camp was a destination for kids, families and school groups for generations.
The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh was unable to sustain the camp because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Carolyn Grady, chief development officer.
“Camp T. Frank Soles operated over the summer with pandemic restrictions but was never able to regain the level of program participation that would make it financially viable,” she said in a statement. “We made the difficult decision to end programs at Camp Soles in October and listed the building for sale.
The Greensburg YMCA will close its doors to members for at least six months, though it will continue to operate its other programs, officials announced Friday.
The gym and pool will close Sept. 30.
Child care programs, the Y’s adult training facility, after-school programs and youth sports will continue as normal.
Attendance and revenue plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, according to interim CEO Suzanne Printz.
“We’re just not seeing the volume or revenue on the membership to be able to continue or sustain these programs,” Printz said.
The Greensburg YMCA laid off 63 employees over the course of the pandemic. It will lay off an additional 17 on Sept. 30, bringing the total number of layoffs to more than half its staff.