Are Your Bleachers Safe?

August 8, 2016

Bleachers are a popular seating choice for spectators, fans, and players to gather in large numbers and view local sporting events, ceremonies, and other community activities. But unfortunately, old and outdated bleachers that haven’t been properly maintained can cause injury and even death. Below are some guidelines recommended by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to help facility owners, maintenance staff, and school officials make sure that their facility’s bleachers are the safest possible.

Having adequate guardrails on your bleachers is one of best ways to prevent falls and injuries. The CPSC recommends that guardrails be present on the backs of bleachers where the footboard, seat board, or aisle is 30 inches or more above the floor or ground below. The top surface of the guardrail should be at least 42 inches above the leading edge of the footboard, seat board, or aisle, whichever is adjacent. Any opening between components of the guardrails or under the guardrail should prevent passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere. If chain link fencing is used for guardrails, it should have a mesh size of 1.25 square inches or less.

Regarding the seating, any openings between the components in the seating - such as between the footboard, seat board, and riser – should prevent passage of a 4-inch sphere where the footboard is 30 inches or more above the ground and where the openings would permit a fall of 30 inches or more. In addition, seat planks should have end caps which cover sharp edges or protrusions, to eliminate possible injury to spectators.

The CPSC also recommends that facilities perform regular inspections by trained personnel, preferably by a licensed professional engineer, registered architect, or company that is qualified to provide bleacher products and services. Inspections and repairs should be thoroughly documented and reviewed regularly.

If your facility is considering purchasing new bleachers, check with your local building inspector to learn which building and safety codes that your municipality requires with regard to bleacher design, materials, placement, anchoring, inspections, and maintenance.

Gared Sports can satisfy all of your seating needs with its full line of Spectator™ bleachers and benches. Their bleachers are constructed entirely of aluminum, with 10” wide anodized aluminum planks and welded aluminum angle framework for superior support and durability. Gared offers fixed bleachers, as well as Tip-N-Roll models with swivel castors for easy transport and storage.

Gared Stationary Bleachers provide high-quality seating for schools, gyms, and athletic complexes.

Gared’s Tip-N-Roll Bleachers are made to provide versatile indoor seating that can be easily tipped up and moved to other locations or for storage. These models are perfect for any location where space is limited but seating is need for viewing fans.

Gared offers bleachers from 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-row models, from 7’ 6” up to 27’ in length, to fit your facility space and application. Stationary standard bleachers are available in lengths of 15, 21 ad 27 feet; Tip-N-Roll bleachers are available in lengths from 7.5 to 27 feet. The company recommends anchoring fixed bleachers at all times; contact a Gared Engineer for anchoring recommendations based on your specific facility conditions.

When you’re looking to replace your outdated bleachers and benches and safety is your facility’s number one priority, choose Gared for premium spectator seating, always in stock and competitively priced for any budget.

Go to www.garedsports.com for complete bleacher product information, specifications, and more.

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