Warrior Dash obstacle collapse leads to 5 arrest warrants issued

International Obstacle Racing News   |   Aug 20, 2017

Five arrest warrants have been issued in the United States over the collapse of an obstacle at Warrior Dash in St. Francisville, Louisiana in October 2016. Two contractors and three current and former employees of Red Frog Events have been charged with negligent injury over the incident. The employees have also been charged with engaging in business of contracting without authority.

Warrior Dash is a 5km obstacle race organised by Red Frog Events, with events being held around the United States.

The Diesel Dome, a 9m x 15m wooden obstacle, collapsed near the end of the day's event, injuring between 20-30 people. Numerous participants were taken to a nearby hospital, with others seeking independent medical treatment. Injuries reportedly ranged from sprained ankles and lacerations, to broken bones. No life-threatening injuries were reported.

After the incident, Lauren King, the Warrior Dash director of public relations, stated "The safety and security of our racers and spectators are paramount at our events. We are currently evaluating the situation."

The collapse of the obstacle prompted an investigation into whether the structure was properly built, how the obstacle was constructed and how it was monitored. Investigators also checked the safety of other obstacles that were on the course that day, and the overall management of the race.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office, West Feliciana Parish Fire Department and West Feliciana Sheriff's Office determined that improper construction by contractors caused the collapse of the structure. It was also found that the construction of the obstacle wasn't properly monitored, and there was a failure to comply with safety and emergency procedures during the event.

It's believed that this is the first time that charges have been laid against anyone in relation to injuries sustained at an obstacle race worldwide.

Sources:

http://ampthemag.com/the-real/warrior-dash-hosts-arrested-role-2016-structure-collapse-louisiana-race/

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_1585204e-8394-11e7-bdac-3367ce30ccbe.html

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_7e71b282-8d8d-11e6-90ed-c34a26cc7235.html

Article by: Vanessa Letts

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