One of our racers crashed at a popular local four corner crit and though no one is exactly sure what caused the rider to go down (many factors including wet off camber turns) there was a large chunk of debris on the course that was "taken out of his/her back" in hospital. This in addition to things like no communication between officials and field marshals to notify them of a crash, no hazard markers on the course (they were painting markers during a race and were continuously doing so all day), unsafe "holes" in the finishing straight, and broken glass in one corner. These deficiencies are problems which are very preventable.
Our team president was initially furious and very interested in doing everything necessary to shut down the race because negligence on the promoter/organizer's part. After chewing on it and discussing it with the race "community" we've decided to take initiative and go through the local sanctioning officials (USCF & ABR) to ensure a failsafe checklist to be completed by race organizers to not necessarily guarantee but ensure that every precaution is taken on their promoter's part to ensure safe course for competition.
So, as an promoter/organizer, do you have a "checklist"? If so, would you mind sharing it?
On ours we are considering breaking it down into pre race and race day safety items. this is not the list our team president has put together, just some things I could think of off the top of my head.
municipal permit for course selection
identify course dangers (holes to be filled, etc) and detail appropriate response
secure barriers for street closures
obtain bails of hay for off course obstacles
identify course dangers (holes to be filled, etc) and detail appropriate response (streets and sanitation)
notify local hospital/EMT service of event
plan for course marshals and easy communication between them
plan of action for (inevitable) crashes
hours before first race: sweep course--especially corners
brief course marshals of role & responsibility
Thanks in advance.