Rule 10.5.5 Safety
In order to ensure that all of the buggies competing in the Sweepstakes races are in compliance with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and requirements, any buggy may be given a spot safety check by the Sweepstakes Chairman, the Assistant Sweepstakes Chairman, the Safety Chairman, or anyone designated by the Sweepstakes Advisor, immediately after that buggy has finished competing in a race and before that buggy’s driver has been removed from that buggy. Any buggy found to be out of compliance with any of the applicable safety rules, regulations, or requirements during one of these spot safety checks shall be disqualified from all of the men’s races, the women’s races, and the design competition for that school year. The following spot safety checks are required to be administered:
- During all of the men’s preliminary and rerun races, any entry which finishes its race with a time that
is faster than the tenth fastest time recorded in the men’s preliminary and rerun races of the previous year’s Sweepstakes competition, shall have its buggy inspected before the driver is removed from that buggy after that race.
- During all of the women’s preliminary and rerun races, any entry which finishes its race with a time
that is faster than the sixth fastest time recorded in the women’s preliminary and rerun races of the previous year’s Sweepstakes competition, shall have its buggy inspected before the driver is removed from that buggy after that race.
- Any entry which competes in a finals race shall have its buggy inspected before the driver is removed
from that buggy after that finals race.
Buggy Preparation Areas
In order to reduce the possibility of accidents or injuries in the areas in which the buggies are prepared for the races, these areas shall be randomly inspected both before and during the Sweepstakes races by fire marshals, the Safety Chairman, or anyone else designated by the Dean of Student Affairs or the Sweepstakes Advisor. Any organization found to have unsafe or dangerous conditions in their buggy preparation area before or during the Sweepstakes races by any of these safety inspectors shall be fined the amount of $100.00 AND shall have ALL of their buggies immediately disqualified from all of the men’s races, the women’s races, and the design competition for that school year. In addition, any organization found to have ANY combustible liquids and/or ANY source of open flame in or near their buggy preparation area before or during the Sweepstakes races shall not be permitted to participate in ANY activity related to the Sweepstakes Competition for a period of 15 months from the date on which the violation is discovered. The following safety requirements apply AS A MINIMUM, to all buggy preparation areas both during and immediately before all Sweepstakes races:
NO quantity of ANY combustible liquid is permitted in or near the buggy preparation areas. (The ONLY exceptions to this requirement shall be quantities of lubricating fluid not greater in volume than two fluid ounces used to lubricate wheel bearings and the working fluids contained in motor vehicles and needed for their proper operation.)
No source of open flame is permitted in or near the buggy preparation areas.
All electrical apparatus and power cables MUST be grounded.
Each organization is required to have a minimum of two fire extinguishers in their buggy preparation area. Each of these fire extinguishers must contain a minimum of ten pounds of extinguishing agent. These fire extinguishers must be rated such that Class A, Class B, and Class C fires can all be extinguished. Class A fires consist of ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, paper, textiles, etc., and they require cooling and quenching. Class B fires consist of flammable liquids and greases, such as gasoline, hexane, oils, paints, etc., and they require smothering. Class C fires consist of electrical equipment, such as motors, switches, cables, etc., and they require a nonconducting agent capable of extinguishing a fire in materials that might be present. All fire extinguishers must be adequately charged and fully operational.
NO alcoholic beverages are permitted in or near the buggy preparation areas. Alcoholic beverages to be used in post race celebrations may be stored near the buggy preparation areas, such as in the cab section of a truck, provided that none of them are opened or consumed until AFTER all of the races for that day have been completed.
No member of an organization who is in that organization’s buggy preparation area may be intoxicated or under the influence of any type of mind altering substance.
If any organization uses any type of enclosed or semi-enclosed structure as a buggy preparation area, such as a truck, a tent, a free standing building, etc., the following requirements shall apply to that structure: Smoking shall NOT be permitted inside that structure.
The inside of that structure shall NOT be sealed off from the outside of that structure by any type of solid door or cover at ANY time that ANY person is inside that structure. Trucks must have their rear doors COMPLETELY open whenever there are people inside the rear section of those trucks. Curtains or other types of non-sealing partitions are permissible in order to prevent people outside the structure from looking inside the structure.
Whenever a buggy preparation area is completely enclosed and there are people inside that area, it is recommended that fresh air be circulated through that area with some type of powered ventilating fan or blower.