Bleachers seem to be an increasing staple in today’s headlines. From high school sports facilities to professional ones, bleachers are presenting an ever-growing risk to those who attend big events, and that has meant a change in policy for many organizations. Thanks to the real dangers associated with these flexible seating choices, regular inspections and quick replacement of damaged parts have become an absolute must.

What Does An Inspection Involve?

If you haven’t yet had your bleachers inspected, there’s no better time. Bleacher inspections can help prevent real problems before they happen, and they’re easier than you think to schedule. You can have your bleacher installation company come out and inspect them or another licensed inspector. While there, your bleacher inspector will be looking at a number of different aspects. He or she will look at the general structural condition of the bleachers, searching to decide whether adequate bearing is provided, the components and systems are working like they should, and there’s no sign of corrosion or rot on any part of the structure. He or she will also make certain that no components of the system are broken, damaged, deteriorated, or missing. In addition to this general inspection, though, guardrails are typically examined, as are the openings on the side of the bleachers. Your inspector will make certain only trained staff members operate the bleachers and that inspection documentation is kept on file.

How Often Should Bleacher Inspections Occur? We recommend reviewing ICC 300 Chapter 5, Section 501.2 on bleacher inspection. It says,

“All existing tiered seating shall be inspected and evaluated at least once a year by a qualified person for compliance with the provisions of this chapter. All folding and telescopic seating shall be inspected to evaluate compliance with the manufacture’s installation and operational instructions, including an inspection during the opening and closing of such seating.”

The Next Steps

If anything is found to be amiss during an official inspection or just one by your own internal staff, you’ll need to order replacement parts to help take care of the problem. We can help. Whether you need a rowlock, a rail socket, better wall ties, or something as simple as a nut or bolt, we have the parts you need in stock right away. What’s more, though, is that we’ll even help to get them installed so that you’re ready for your next big event.

Bleacher safety has to be one of your biggest priorities for the upcoming season, and we can help make sure you’re ready. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive bleacher safety options.

If you have bleachers, you know the importance of regular inspections. Without them, you could have a headline-splashing tragedy on your hands in a hurry. Even if tragedy doesn’t occur, regular maintenance means a longer life for your bleachers without stressing all of the components that are so necessary for stronger functionality. A big part of maintenance in many areas is replacing various parts, but where do you turn when you need the parts and hardware to keep your bleachers safe and functioning well? Carroll Seating Company.

Bleachers in need of repair
Bleachers in need of repair

A Different Approach
While you can likely order parts that may take weeks to arrive from some questionable reseller online to help maintain your bleachers, Carroll Seating Company takes a very different approach. For decades, we’ve been helping organizations just like yours install and maintain their bleacher systems, and whether you’ve worked with us before or you’ve had other companies in, we can help. We provide certified inspections to help ensure you’re maintaining code compliance, and we’ll even be happy to make any repairs to issues we find during inspection. Additionally, our warehouse stocks hundreds of common replacement parts that ship out within forty-eight hours of your order. If necessary, we’ll be happy to obtain any parts for you that we don’t currently stock. We’ll even come install them, ensuring you have the safe, reliable seating you need for your patrons.

Bleacher safety is an  absolute must in today’s society, but it can be difficult to maintain systems on your own. Find a partner who can help. Carroll Seating Company would be proud to be that partner. Give us a call today to set up an inspection or simply to discuss your bleacher safety options. We’ll be happy to advise you on all of your options and ensure you get exactly what you need.

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