Bleacher Safety – What’s Your Risk | Part 5 – You Have Options

Telescopic Bleachers


The good news is, there are always options depending on the severity of the condition of your bleachers. For instance, if you feel you are able and competent to make your own repairs, you can order parts to repair your bleachers yourself. As mentioned in the last post, you want to make sure that you are documenting your repairs for insurance and liability purposes.

You also have the option to contract the work, have a detailed quote of what is required for your documentation and hire someone to do it for you. Make sure the company that you hire is qualified to do the work and is knowledgeable of your seating unit. You could also do what you know you can, and contract out the rest of the work.

If you have extensive repairs or upgrades that are needed, discuss your options for phased repairs/upgrades with the person doing the repairs and with your district to create a prioritized phased plan.

Remember, your main responsibility is to properly maintain your equipment as it was intended by the manufacturer – both indoor and outdoor. You also want to be mindful about adding new components, making sure they are meeting appropriate code requirements. If you alter the unit in a way that doesn’t correspond with the manufactures design, you have just released liability from the manufacture and put more of it onto your facility. There are upgrades that you can make to your seating unit that are both code compliant and supported by the manufacturer and if you ever have any doubt, it’s best to contact a professional for guidance and/or installation and to reach out to your insurance provider with liability questions.

Should you decide that the best solution for your facility is a complete replacement, you have options there too including NJPA Pricing or advertising your request for proposals to ensure that you get exactly what you want and the value you deserve.