Twickenham Stadium – the home of England’s Rugby team- is now ‘the world’s safest’
Twickenham is once again a dangerous place for visiting rugby teams, thanks to England’s fledgling revival, but it can now also lay claim to being the world’s safest stadium for spectators.
As England earned another Triple Crown with their thrilling victory over Wales, the home of English rugby won the International Safety Award with a commendation for protecting staff and guests from injury and ill health.
It is the only stadium in the world to achieve the distinction, awarded by the British Safety council, according to the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
Accidents have reduced by 14.5% year-on-year since 2012 at the stadium, where every one of the 21,000 steps has been repainted with anti-slip paint to prevent slips, trips and falls.
It has one first aider for every eight staff on non-event days, and more than 100 doctors, paramedics and first aiders on match days.
Twickenham Stadium director Richard Knight said: “To be the only stadium to be given the International Safety Award confirms and recognises our commitment to keeping our staff and visitors safe.
“Safety and security will always be our priority and whilst we are very pleased to receive this award, we recognise the need to continually look at ways in which we can improve our performance.”