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National Recreation Systems
America's most trusted bleacher company.
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Bleacher Maintenance & Inspection Checklist

National Recreation Systems is America’s Most Trusted Bleacher Company. To continue earning that trust, we encourage all of our clients to regularly maintain their bleachers to ensure the highest level of safety for their crowds. Periodic inspection and tightening of bolts should occur at least annually and is suggested on a regular basis depending on use. In addition, at least biennially, an inspection should be performed by a professional engineer or a registered architect. 

We’ve developed two maintenance and inspection checklists for our clients to easily download below. One is for our clients with elevated bleachers and the other is for our clients with non-elevated bleachers.

Elevated Bleacher Maintenance Checklist

Non-elevated Bleacher Maintenance Checklist
 

Wear and tear on bleachers is unique to the type of bleachers you have and their environment. If you use portable bleachers, confirm that they are secured according to manufacturer specifications and local building codes when they’re being used. When you are finished, be sure to store them properly to allow them to last. If you use permanent outdoor bleachers and live in a high-rainfall area, consider making the bleachers slip-resistant. This will help protect your crowds from unintentional slips and falls.

Bleacher Safety Regulations

The CPSC (Consumer Protection Safety Commission) has developed a series of regulations to prevent injuries on bleachers and grandstands. For example, considering guardrails, they should be designed so as not to encourage young children to climb over them. They recommend a picket fence guardrail with no more than four inches between pickets and generally any opening in guardrails should prevent a 4-inch sphere from passing through.

Considering the deckboards, they recommend the addition of risers in the spaces below the seat boards and above the footboards. The riser should also prevent a 4-inch sphere from passing through. The CPSC recommends you should consider having aisles and handrails and non-skid surfacing on your bleachers. This helps prevent people from falling while accessing and walking on your bleachers. 

Bleacher Maintenance Checklist

Bleacher Understructure Inspection

  • Check for proper anchor/ground sill attachment
  • Check frame and cross brace location
  • Check all bolt connections
  • Check all weld connections

Plank Inspection

  • Check for straightness
  • Check for splices/rivets
  • Check all bolt connections
  • Check end caps

Guardrail Inspection

  • Check for proper location of the rail post
  • Check all bolt connections
  • Check pipe connections and related fittings
  • Check splices and rivets
  • Check chainlink fabric for neatness at ends and corners
  • Check for adequate wire tie attachment

Aisles

  • Check for proper width and location
  • Check all stiffeners for proper location
  • Check end caps and rivets
  • Check aisle handrail for proper location
  • Check all bolt connections

Entry Stairs

  • Check for proper attachment to the bleacher
  • Check for proper location
  • Check all bolt connections
  • Check rail pipe connections and related fittings

*If Your bleachers have a ramp, platform, or wheelchair seating areas, consider checking the following items.

Ramp and Platform

  • Check for proper attachment to bleachers
  • Check for proper location
  • Check all bolt connections
  • Check pipe connections and related fittings
  • Check chainlink fabric for neatness at ends
  • Check for adequate wire tie attachments

Wheelchair Seating Areas

  • Check for proper location
  • Check all bolt connections
  • Check frame and brace location
  • Check companion seat brace location
  • Check pipe connections and related fittings
  • Check riser end caps and rivets

 

Bleacher Inspection Codes

INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL (ICC-300)
STANDARDS FOR BLEACHERS, FOLDING AND TELESCOPIC SEATING, AND GRANDSTANDS
SECTION 501: 501.1-2

“Existing bleachers, folding and telescopic seating, and grandstands that exist prior to the adoption of this standard shall comply with this chapter and the applicable provisions of Chapter 1… All existing tiered seating shall be inspected and evaluated at least once a year by a qualified person for the compliance with the provisions of this chapter. All folding and telescopic seating shall be inspected to evaluate compliance with the manufacturer’s installation and operational instructions, including inspection during the opening and closing of such seating.”

NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION AGENCY 102-2011
STANDARD FOR GRANDSTANDS, FOLDING AND TELESCOPIC SEATING
CHAPTER 6: 6.6 MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF FOLDING AND TELESCOPIC SEATING

“An annual inspection and required maintenance of each grandstand shall be performed to ensure safe conditions. At least biennially, the inspection shall be performed by a professional engineer, registered architect, or individual who is certified by the manufacturer.”