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Health And Safety In Football

Health And Safety In Football

Health and Safety in Football V2With the end of the season in sight and play off finals just around the corner, I took a look at some of the ways Health & Safety might play a role in football. Stadiums can be a dangerous place, due to the high velocity of people, many injuries or even deaths at football games were caused by stadiums selling more tickets than they had seats, causing people to get crushed or trampled, a well known example of this is the Hillsborough disaster of ’89 which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.

Another tragedy was the Bradford stadium fire in 1985, killing 56. The fire was believed to have been started by a cigarette being dropped through the rafters, which had not been cleared meaning the rubbish underneath ignited, with the stands wooden roof the entire stand was in flames just 4 minutes after the first sign of flames were spotted. This incident led to the banning of wooden stadium stands, and also enforced new rules about litter and smoking in the stadium. However despite protests barricades that separated fans and the pitch were not removed from most stadiums, with the Hillsborough disaster taking place just 4 years later

Much of the safety of English football was shaped after these incidents, emergency accidents were made more abundant and always open and stadiums never oversold more than the carrying capacity.

After looking around the english football associations website I found a section on safety, including pre and post match risk assessments that must be undertaken. You can find a copy of that here  —  example-matchday-operations-risk-assessment (1)

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