Sports stadium accidents suggest code updates may be necessary to prevent falls

Since 2000, at least three individuals have died as a result of falling from the upper decks of stadiums.

September 11, 2013

Since 2000, at least three individuals have died as a result of falling from the upper decks of stadiums in the United States. In addition, eight non-fatal falls have occurred in stadiums and arenas over that time. The International Building Code calls for a minimum height of 42 inches for railings at the base of aisles. In front of fixed seating, the minimum requirement drops to 26 inches, or roughly knee height, regardless of the potential fall distance from the deck. Some are calling for higher railing heights.

(http://www.athleticbusiness.com/Stadium-Arena/should-building-codes-be-changed-to-keep-fans-from-falling-out-of-their-seats.html)

         
 

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