The statutes in the California municipal code do not require handrails for temporary audience/event seating.
We set up the house with at least 2 large aisle ways on either side of riser area.
The occupancy is 160; we set the seating to be at 100. The event box office indicated 50 seats were sold. So the house was 50% full. There should have been more than enough room to leave safely. Sometimes patrons talk or stall on their way down - I think the injured man was impatient so he found another way to exit quicker.
The lighting designer has indicated there was over 2,000 watts of light placed directly and indirectly above the seating area. This came from the light board and
The Stage Manager of the event confirmed the house management protocol was that the studio lights ( large flourescents) were turned on within 1 minute following the event conclusion. This would have flooded the building with light (built to city code) - the time lapse would have been the time took for the stage manager to exit the tech booth area and walk across the room to turn on the house lights. During this transition time, the same 2,000+ watts of pre-show lighting was on
The risers have a raised edge of 2" wood wrapped in yellow and black caution tape.
I do not find any other requirements in the California Municipal Building Code.
The House Manager on site assisted people exiting - the injury happened before he was even out on the floor to do so - so not much.
I can get statements from the lighting designer, stage manager and house manager ( none of whom were working in my employ) indicating the procedure in place to run the event safely. Would it help and what type of statement is allowable in small claims court?