Attending America’s favorite summer past time-a baseball game-should be a way to have some fun, spend time with friends or family and see your team excel. On June 5, a woman doing just that was struck in the head with pieces of a broken bat at Fenway Park in Boston. Described as having “life threatening” injuries, she was rushed to the hospital. She has since been discharged to a rehabilitation facility and is expected to recover.
While we often think of player injuries, NFPA 101 offers a range of planning scenarios in assembly occupancies, including baseball stadiums, where spectator injuries or medical emergencies can occur. The Life Safety Evaluation, LSE, a required provision for many circumstances in NFPA 101 is a sometimes overlooked tool that can help venue managers’ plan for everything from fire, weather, medical, and other emergencies that can impact the occupants.
Recognizing that a measureable number of injuries and deaths occur in large spaces with high densities of occupants-from things other than fire-the FPRF issued a report in 2012 entitled “A Literature Review of Emergency and Non-Emergency Events”. The report captures incidents like that noted above and helps to raise awareness of how things can so wrong so quickly. Using the content of the LSE helps your facility to be prepared for just about anything. Be on the lookout for the July/August issue of NFPA Journal. The focus will be on Assembly Occupancies and one of the articles offers a great example of the application of the LSE.