Farnham Equipment Company & Hussey Regional Service Centers

We mentioned in our last post that Hussey Seating Company “…is not a manufacturing center. They are an innovation center.” They are dedicated to providing the best solution, and that solution includes maintenance services. We know, and Hussey knows, that when properly installed and maintained, your existing seating could have decades of safe and useful life ahead. You’ve invested in your equipment, and Hussey Seating Company has invested in its Regional Service Centers by training local Service Technicians through their rigorous factory training and certification program for installation and repair of Hussey seating systems.

With the development of partners like Farnham Equipment acting as the Regional Service Center in Ohio, we are able to provide not only service but code compliance solutions, preventative maintenance and inspections in the educational market for all seating products all across North America in a professional and timely manner.

Farnham Equipment Company has been a partner with Hussey Seating Company for nearly 50 years and has some of the best trained and available service technicians in the industry. With their knowledge of current codes, requirements and upgrade solutions they are able to support their customers with all aspects of seating needs in regards to code compliance, safety inspections, parts, repair and service.

We know many parts and pieces used may look alike or do the job, however if you have a facility you manage in Ohio and want the best solution,  right parts and a successful repair or inspection, we strongly recommend calling Farnham Equipment Company to service all your needs."

- Mark Beaulieu, Hussey Seating Company, Dealer Service Manager

Currently there are 32 Hussey Regional Service Centers specializing in the comprehensive inspection of telescopic platforms, bleachers, fixed seating and gymnasium equipment throughout the North American market.

Here at Farnham Equipment Company, we’ve taken Services to the next level, viewing regular and detailed bleacher seating inspections and maintenance as much more than code compliance, but the cornerstone of customer care. Our Service Technicians have vast industry knowledge not only regarding Hussey products, but all telescopic bleacher models, outdoor bleachers and grandstands, athletic equipment, and playground equipment to provide you with a complete service solution for your equipment.

Our team's combined industry knowledge gives you possibilities: Even if your seating wasn't installed by us, we can maintain it. Parts, repair, and inspections are available for all seating manufacturers.

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The best way to protect your bleachers is to stop damage before it happens. Schedule your annual inspection and preventative maintenance today.

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Building Safety Month: A Guide to Resources

  When it comes to our Maintenance Solutions Team, Safety is Priority Number One for our school districts and facility owners and their patrons. We’ve developed our blog series, Bleacher Safety – What’s Your Risk along with numerous safety and code compliance blog posts, presentations, and white papers. Recently, we launched our Gym Safety Sessions where our Service Manager,…

Gym Safety Sessions: A Follow Up

Not long ago, we were invited to a facility for a Gym Safety Session. There were approximately 12 people in attendance, many understood why they were invited to attend and some had obvious frustration that their attendance was required, they operate the equipment on a regular basis after all, so why should they attend? This is a large facility,…

Building Safety Month: Gym Safety Sessions

Telescopic Bleachers

Have you ever felt like you need a refresher course on the proper operation of your equipment? Or maybe you have new personnel that need to be trained on safety and operation. Whatever the reason, we want to help.

What We’re Offering: To come to your facility for a 2-hour gym safety training (timing may vary based on attendees and facility)

Includes: Telescopic Bleachers, Athletic Equipment

Knowledge Base: Education on proper operation, safety, and preventative maintenance that YOU can do to maximize on the life-cycle of your equipment.

Cost: None. Zero. 

The Catch: Absolutely none. Our mission is to continue to educate the community on bleacher and athletic equipment safety. Many of you have expressed interest in additional knowledge and this is a hands on opportunity to continue your education, right in your facility. 

Opportunity: Invite the district, invite the county. Collaborate with others to make the most of the session.

**Gym Safety Sessions only offered to facilities in the state of Ohio. 

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Contact Kami Wernimont, 614-882-0790 x13 via email

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Building Safety Month: Earth Wind & Fire & Outdoor Bleachers

Outdoor Bleacher Clean Up

We talked previously about cleaning the bearing surface for your telescopic bleachers, but how often are you cleaning up under your outdoor bleachers?

We’re taking the perspective of Safe and Sanitary with this one. You want to make sure your understructure is free of combustibles including unruly vegetation and stored materials.

If you do have stored materials that are combustible, you want to be sure to have proper sprinkler systems in place to prevent a fire from starting, spreading, and harming your patrons. Remember, a disaster like this is less noticeable when the grandstands are full of a cheering crowd and with smells of summer and fall mixed in; smoke is not as easily detected. Taking the proper precaution to keep patrons safe is a priority.

Fallen leaves may appear harmless, but they’re quick to catch fire and spread should someone drop something through the stands. They should be cleared out as often as possible to prevent a fire hazard as well as to prevent moisture build up after a downpour.

Vegetation under the bleachers trap in moisture, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mosquitos while also causing wooden ground bucks on portable bleachers to deteriorate.

While you’re likely not thinking of your outdoor bleachers while staying warm inside, the winter weather does have an impact on them. Our weather here in Ohio has been pretty unpredictable, torrential downpours one day and snowstorms with high winds the next then bam, it’s sunny and 58 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All this to say, make sure your bearing surface is free of standing water. A block of ice surrounding concrete supports acts as a vise, ultimately deteriorating the concrete.

With all of this, you’ll want to make sure your bleachers are always on a level service. If portable bleachers do not have properly installed or damaged mud sills/ground bucks or if foundation column supports are damaged, the unit may sink and/or become unstable.

Earth, Wind, and Fire it’s not just a great 70’s band, it’s what impacts your bleachers through the seasons.

 

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Safety in Operation: Telescopic Bleachers

Telescopic Bleachers

Quick, show of hands – how many of you were at the original telescopic bleacher demonstration for the bleachers in your gymnasium?

In a group of 10, we’re lucky to have two hands raise up, sometimes one. This is by no fault of your own but it is our goal to make sure that you have all the information you need to safely operate your telescopic bleacher unit. This is one of many reasons we offer free Gym Safety Sessions, so we can not only review operation but we can also answer questions pertaining specifically to you and your equipment. While the below information isn’t as comprehensive as a Safety Session, we do want to point out some helpful tips.

Opening Your Bleachers:

Pendant Control

Get Your Pendant Control.
Seems a little obvious, right? But I say this because only Authorized Personnel should be operating your bleachers, this means that your Pendant Control should be stored in a safe place that only those authorized can gain access to it. Opening and closing the bleachers may seem like a simple task, and to a point, it is – but you want to make sure you know what to watch for and that you’re taking every safety and operational precaution into consideration.

Before operation, you want to be sure that the area is clear of people, debris, and dust (see cleaning under the bleachers). You’ll want to check under the bleachers as well as the area the bleachers are opening to.

Once you’re sure the area is clear and you’re plugged in ready to go, keep your eye on the bleacher unit to be sure it’s opening correctly and that all banks are opening together, not skewed across the gym floor. Make sure you bleacher opens completely before detaching the Pendant Control.

Take the Pendant Control with you once you’ve opened the unit fully. Even if you plan to close them again, the last thing we want to happen is that you go under the bleachers and someone closes them not realizing you’re there.

When you’re done, put the Pendant Control back in its stored location.

Additional Set Up:

Aisle Rails

If you don’t have Auto-Rotating Aisle Rails (you should!), you’ll want to make sure every aisle rail is turned and properly secured for the safety of your patrons. A loose rail can be a major hazard for someone trying to catch their balance or worst case, some have pulled them out to use against another patron.

Floor to First Row Aisle Steps, if you don’t have them hinged (again, you should and we can do that for you!) you want to make sure to install each one properly before use. We’ve heard the debate several times, “but they’re a hazard!” Well, no. They’re not. The reality is, according to the International Building Code, if your bleachers were manufactured with removable first row aisle steps – code compliance dictates that you must use them.

Bleacher Aisle StepsThese steps are designed to maintain varying height levels of steps to reduce trip/fall hazards because they were happening frequently (without the steps in place). If you have varying step heights on your unit and someone isn’t paying attention when they are walking up or down the steps, it is likely they could miscalculate their step and trip or fall. This trip and fall hazard increases your liability risk!

Flex Row Operation. If you have Hussey Seating Company Bleachers, be sure you know the proper way to open and close Flex Rows. Hussey has a great Flex Row video along with several tutorials here: Hussey Seating Company

If you have a Safety-End Closure Curtain (they’re great for school spirit AND more importantly restricting access to the understructure of your bleacher unit), you want to make sure it’s securely attached.

For many, this is all of the set up you need, for others you may have additional guard rails or accessories. Make sure they properly installed and all hardware is tight.

Closing Your Bleachers:

Telescopic BleachersThis is where you backtrack. Make sure your aisle steps are removed and stored. Most aisle rails can be left in the proper in-use position or you can turn them. If you’re turning them, again make sure all hardware is tightened. Get your Pendant Control from its stored location. Check under the bleachers for debris and dust that may impact properly closing your bleacher unit. It may seem impossible for things to fall through – but you’ll be surprised at what you might find. Check the surrounding area so that it is clear for closing. As you are closing the unit, be sure that, again, your eye is on the unit and that it is closing consistently.

Warning Signs Telescopic BleachersWe’re noticing more and more districts and facilities are putting up reminders regarding operation of their bleacher units to keep safety at the forefront. By focusing on safety, you’ll also be focused on operation which will increase the longevity of your equipment.

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Marlinton Local Schools | High School Bleacher Replacement

Hussey Seating Company Telescopic Bleachers

 

In May 2018, Farnham Equipment Company’s Maintenance Solutions Team performed an indoor Telescopic Bleacher Inspection on Marlington High School’s 57-year-old wooden bleachers and found more than 30 violations, including several improper upgrades.

The major issues were handrail weight limits and a lack of enclosure, which made it a safety concern for the district’s insurance provider. - The Alliance Review

Less than one month later, the school board voted to replace the bleachers with new Hussey Seating Company Telescopic Bleachers with the intention of having them installed prior to the first home volleyball game.

The Dukes’ new telescopic bleachers reawakened the gymnasium’s school spirit with orange guard rails and aisle rails, a signature logo “M,” and a custom Safety End Closure Curtain, a far cry from the 1961 wooden bleachers.

On behalf of the Marlington Local School District, we would like to commend you and your company on a job well done. Our new High School bleachers are outstanding and have exceeded our expectations. The order was put in later then desired but you and your company pulled it all together to have us up and running by our first volleyball game. Of all the projects, we have done at Marlington, we have to say this was the easiest and best run operation.

Further, we would like to pay special thanks to your install crew, led by Joe Robinson. They came in early Monday morning and were out by Thursday afternoon with the job complete. Joe also always took the time to stop and talk as we brought through our donors and board members.

The final product is amazing and please feel free to send potential buyers our way, we would love to show off our product. - Steve Miller, Marlinton High School Athletic Director

1961 Bleachers
Hussey Telescopic Bleachers
Hussey Seating Company Telescopic Bleachers
Hussey Seating Company Telescopic Bleachers
Hussey Seating Company Telescopic Bleachers

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Top 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips: Outdoor Bleachers

Outdoor Bleacher Repair

 

Don't wait until you can see your face through your structural supports - add our Top 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips to your seasonal checklist!

  1. Structure: Check for visual signs of structural damage including Bent and Damaged Supports and Hardware, Erosion, and Rust.
Outdoor Bleachers: Rust
Outdoor Bleacher Damaged Supports
Outdoor Bleacher Rust
Outdoor Bleachers Erosion
Outdoor Bleachers Rust

4. Hardware: Tighten loose hardware and replace missing hardware. It's important to turn the wrench on every one!

Outdoor Bleachers Hardware
Outdoor Bleachers Hardware
Outdoor Bleachers Hardware

3. Seats & Endcaps: Replace missing and damaged seats and endcaps, tighten all hardware, and make necessary repairs.

Outdoor Bleachers Seats
Outdoor Bleachers Seats

2. Clean Up: See our previous post for more clean up tips!

Outdoor Bleachers Clean Up
Outdoor Bleachers Leaves
Outdoor Bleacher Clean Up

1. Annual Inspection & Seasonal Checks: This will always be our number one recommendation for safety and preventative maintenance!

The Ohio Building Code requires an annual inspection for safety and operation. We add that you should be consistent in seasonal checks due to the impact the outdoor elements have on your bleacher unit, specifically the expansion and contraction of aluminum that happens during the winter months.

In the Ohio Building Code 1029:
1029.1.1: Bleachers. Bleachers, grandstands and folding and telescopic seating, that are not building elements, shall comply with Chapters 1-4 of ICC 300. Referenced as, ICC 300-12, ICC Standard on Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating within the Ohio Administrative Code, 4101:1-35-01 References.

Within the ICC-300, you'll find in Chapter 1:

105.2 Yearly inspection required states:
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.

Outdoor Bleachers
Outdoor Bleachers

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