Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds During Construction
The aim of this document is to give Certifying Authorities guidance on how to ensure that reasonable standards of public safety can be maintained whilst construction operations are in progress.
It provides guidance on the matters to be considered by the Certifying Authority when construction work is carried out at sports grounds. It may also be of use to ground management and contractors.
Ground owners and managers considering commissioning building works should be encouraged to make early contact with the department of the Local Authority that is responsible for sports ground safety to establish what procedures should be followed for notification and what technical standards will need to be met. In most cases, it is owners or ground managers, rather than builders or designers, who are responsible, in law, for complying with public safety legislation and it should be borne in mind also that penalties for non-compliance could be severe.
Tools and resources
Dynamic Performance and Testing of Grandstands
Dynamic performance requirements for permanent grandstands subject to crowd action - Interim guidance on assessment and design.The principal advice given in the Guidance concerns the recommended vertical natural frequencies and horizontal load resistance of grandstands considered necessary to provide the safety and comfort of the public at a range of sporting and other entertainment events.
When should the first annual inspection and structural appraisal be undertaken at a new, or recently completed, stadium?
It is usual that the safety certificate or operations manual will require ground management to obtain every 12 months , a report from a competent person that the structural elements have been inspected and found to be adequate.