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.

Bleacher accidents continue to grace the headlines year after year, and the media does little to quell the increasing worry about this very common seating option. The last thing you want is patrons who are hurt as a result of negligence, and given that most bleacher accidents could have been predicted with the right care and maintenance, a bit of extra work now could go a long way toward keeping those spectators safe. This is also the perfect time to handle maintenance, as if you do discover problems, you have a bit of time on your hands to fix them. Here’s a checklist that can help you keep everyone on your bleachers safe in the upcoming season.

  • Take a look at the obvious stuff. Stairs, ramps, and aisles should all be clean, free of debris, and in good working order. If you notice any loose flooring or seats that are splintering, you should certainly have it repaired immediately. Other damaged areas should be noted and assessed for their overall impact on the safety of your bleacher system. Outdoor bleacher Inspection
  • Look at all of the fasteners, including the nuts and bolts. Make sure that they’re as tight as they should be. If any of them are missing completely, replace them.
  • Examine the wall and floor anchors. Are they as tight as they should be? Do they look a bit worn? If they’re damaged or missing completely, replace them. If they’ve served well for quite some time, it’s not a bad idea to go ahead and replace them then as well.
  • Look at welded joints. You should see them both in the frames and in the bracing of the bleachers. Make certain the welds are holding well. If they seem loose at all, have them looked at by a professional.
  • Any parts that produce friction need to be lubricated now and mid-way through the season. If it looks like damage has occurred because of a lack of lubrication, make certain you have it addressed.
  • Take a close look at the handrails and safety rails along the sides and backs of the bleachers. The rails themselves as well as the mounting hardware need to be carefully examined for possible problems.

The best thing you can do for your patrons is to have a professional inspector look over your bleachers before the season starts. He or she will not only carefully look at your bleacher system from every possible angle, but also certify that they have recently been inspected, helping to indemnify you in the even tragedy occurs in the future. Talk to the professionals who installed your bleachers to see if they offer inspection services.

With the start of the New School year well underway Athletic facilities and bleachers are packed full with fall sports fans, now more than ever, it is imperative that your facility has safe bleachers. Bleacher safety is something that should be taken seriously and no inspection should ever be put off or ignored.  Even if your state does not mandate inspections, responsible facilities should request an inspection from a reputable and experienced company in order to keep their spectators safe.

What is Examined? bleacher safety inspections   Carroll Seating Company
Bleachers are inspected for various reasons.  One of the primary reasons is for safety.  Bleachers with problems or defects can be dangerous to students, teachers, and others.  Checks for structural problems can reveal any issues that may require attention.  Checks on the systems that move the bleachers (if they are the type that can expand and retract) can show any problems that may lead to bleacher damage.  There are many stories of bleacher failure, and close inspections and maintenance are the keys to keeping these misfortunes from occurring.

They are also inspected to check for code compliance.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued guidelines that need to be followed when it comes to bleachers.  Any bleachers that pose a hazard need to either be retrofitted or replaced to comply with these guidelines.  These guidelines include such things as guardrails, maximum widths of open areas, nonskid surfaces, and recording of incidents, inspections, and other actions in regards to bleachers.

Who Does the Inspection?  
Licensed professionals should inspect bleachers and report any hazards or issues that need to be corrected.  Carroll Seating Company offers this service, and with decades of experience we know how to give each inspection the close examination it needs.  Because we also install bleachers, we keep up with all the new additions, changes, and differences so nothing is ever too new for us to check.  We are also extremely familiar with older bleachers and can make the right recommendations on how to retrofit bleachers so they are safer, and will know if the bleachers are too hazardous and should be replaced.

If the latter is true, Carroll Seating Company will be more than happy to help you install new bleachers.  We have high quality products that your school will be proud to have during pep rallies, basketball games, and all of your school activities.

Tim Haggerty

“When I am not working, I like to enjoy time with my family living an active life style that includes, live music, sporting events, golfing, fishing, and skiing.” 

Evan Carroll
Sales & Special Projects

Evan Carroll

Evan Patrick Carroll, following an internship from 2003- 2005, joined as full-time sales in 2008.

Tom Madura

Outside of the office, I love spending time with my wife, 3 kids and our dog!  My hobbies include playing golf and practicing guitar which I keep working at. 

Meredith Pollard (Carroll)
General Manager

When I am not at the office, I enjoy my life in Roscoe Village, downtown, with my husband Mike, son Cameron and our dog Addy!

Patrick J. Carroll

PJ Carroll

Patrick Carroll, Jr. assumed the positions as President, in 1998.