Posted by: Bob Gorman | May 30, 2017

Railing Height

With the recent death of a Cub’s fan who fell from a handrail while leaving Wrigley Field, some are questioning how high safety railings should be to protect fans from such falls.  Many safety experts recommend that railings should be at least 42 inches high to prevent falls like the one that happen at a Texas Rangers game in 2011.  In that incident, the railing was less than three feet high, as is the case in many ballpark seating areas.  Any higher than that, stadium officials contend, would result in obstructed views for those sitting in front-row seats.  For an insightful discussion of this issue, see Brent Schrotenboer’s article in USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/05/26/major-league-baseball-stadium-deaths-falls/102146750/

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