MAD RIVER TWP., Ohio (WDTN) - Bleacher collapses in Columbus and Cincinnati in the past month have us asking questions about bleacher safety.
Whose job is it to make sure those bleachers and others around the area are safe?
You might be surprised to find out how loosely enforced the standards really are.
While the fans at Stebbins High School focus on the field. Others are watching a different kind of battle unfold.
"These rails are real sturdy. We haven't had any issues with those."
When we asked officials with the Mad River School District how often they check their bleachers, they told us twice a year, once before the fall sports season and once after.
They also keep an eye on things during the games.
"I know the games get exciting but we do have people who walk through the bleachers who make sure not only the students but all the fans are being safe," said Paul Neves, Athletic Director, Mad River Local Schools.
We found there's no state agency making sure schools inspect bleachers. There had been a law on the books.
It was called Jarod's Law, named for a 6-year-old Lebanon boy who had a cafeteria table fall on him.
Among other things, it required bleacher checks done by inspection companies, but it was repealed in 2009.
"One of the reasons it was repealed they felt schools were being taken advantage of by companies charging outrageous fees," said Jerry Ellender, Treasurer, Mad River Local Schools.
A railing collapse near Columbus where four people where taken to the hospital and one near Cincinnati that left three people injured have put a focus on bleacher safety.
In Xenia, the bleachers were just reopened after being refurbished.
The end portions had been condemned a few years ago.
So how do you know the bleachers where you sit on a Friday night are safe?
You have to depend on the school hosting the game to watch the action off-the field as closely as what happens on the field.
"Most of the places we go now the bleachers have been updated and they're very safe."
Those in Mad River and Sidney both said their county health departments also do bleacher inspections.
The issue is something we'll be looking into as the season goes on.
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