Bleachers Safety & Inspections
Poorly maintained bleachers and seating are a serious liability and safety concern!Common Safety Problems:
- Broken or Damaged Seats.
- Structural Problems.
- Jammed, Uneven Travel or Bind up.
- Dragging on Your Hardwood Floor.
- Power System Struggling to Roll Out Bleachers.
Are your bleachers experiencing any of the common problems above? Bleachers that are not in proper working order place spectators, players and staff at serious risk of injury and your facility liable.
Sports Facilities Group’s crews have a combined total experience of over 40 years inspecting, servicing, repairing and installing bleachers and grandstands of all makes and models. Our extensive experience and parts sourcing can restore proper and safe function to a wide range of bleachers and grandstands, some up to 50 years old as well as all newer systems.
If your bleachers are experiencing any problems no matter how large or small, we urge you to call SFG for an inspection.
SFG is factory authorized and trained to inspect bleachers/seating systems and recommend corrective action to prevent more serious problems & injury. Taking care of a bleacher problem early will reduce the overall cost of repair and avoid the costs of legal liability.
To make your required (see details below) annual inspections easy, SFG offers maintenance contracts on an annual basis or more frequently if desired.
To arrange an inspection and/or service of your bleachers or grandstands, contact our office at 866-311-7344 for prompt response and schedule of your facility.
Bleachers of all makes and designs can be repaired and put back in good safe working order. We strongly recommend a yearly maintenance contract to identify safety concerns and avoid costly breakdowns & liability.
UPDATED GOVERNMENT BLEACHER/GRANDSTAND SAFETY REGULATIONS
As of January 2007, the Division of the State Architect (DSA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the International Code Council (ICC) has collectively adopted new and more stringent guidelines regarding bleacher and grandstand inspections, maintenance and repair.
As noted below in the fine print, it is now required of any school, district, city municipality or other government agency to have any and all telescoping bleachers and stationary grandstands at its facilities inspected on a yearly basis and not only have on file a yearly report on their condition but to also maintain these seating systems in “as new a condition as possible.” These guidelines further state this work to be performed by a “qualified” person or individual certified by the manufacturer.
While we don’t expect the government to institute a bleacher/grandstand police unit any time soon, failure to follow these mandated guidelines opens up any facility to serious and costly legal issues should someone be injured on poorly maintained or non-inspected systems.
The fine print ……
As stated in the Division of the State Architect Interpretation of Regulations Document IR 16-10 Design and Construction of Reviewing Stands, Grandstands, and bleachers: 2007 CBC states in section 7 that, “After the installation, the owner shall conduct annual inspections as required by ICC/ANSI 300, Section 105.2. The owner will also maintain copies of all annual inspection reports and make them available on site for DSA review upon request.”
International Code Council, ICC 300-2007, Section 105.2 states that “Yearly inspection required. The owner shall cause all bleachers, folding and telescopic seating, and grandstands to be inspected at least once a year in order to verify that the structure is maintained in compliance with the provisions of this standard. All folding and telescopic seating shall also be inspected to evaluate compliance with the manufacturer’s installation and operational instructions, including an inspection during the opening and closing of such seating.”
Inspection Section 501.2 states that, “all existing tiered seating shall be inspected and evaluated at least once a year by a qualified person for compliance…”