When is a Florida Venue Responsible for Increasing Security Measures?
At MLG Injury, our Florida negligent security attorneys know that when venues hold special events, concerts, or large parties, they are responsible for increasing the security measures to ensure their guests and performers are safe.
When the event organizer or the venue itself does not take the necessary measures to ensure they have trained security in place during an event, guests can get hurt or even killed by dangerous circumstances like overcrowding or violence.
Here is what Florida event goers need to know about event security requirements that are designed to keep them safe.
What are the Florida Event Security Requirements?
Event security requirements vary by city and/or county, the type of event, and the location where it is taking place. The event organizer has the responsibility to ensure they comply with all security regulations dictated by the local and state guidelines.
This may include creating a detailed security plan by hiring a licensed and insured private security company with the proper security personnel to event attendee ratio and negotiating a certain number of police officers attending the event, depending on its size and nature.
Event security officers’ duties may include:
- Manning entrance and exit points at a venue
- Crowd control
- Guarding the stage and performers
- Watching surveillance cameras
- Identifying and removing trespassers
- Apprehending criminals
- Responding to reports of drug use, violence, or other problems
- Diffusing a volatile situation, such as breaking up a fight
- Performing CPR or first aid in a medical emergency
- Helping any people who need assistance
- Directing people on what to do and where to go in an emergency
Security guards at live events must also:
- Be alert
- Physically fit enough to perform their duties
- Identify potential threats and respond to serious problems with the proper authority
- Take threats or reports of problems seriously and coordinate with local law enforcement as needed
When event security fails to protect the crowd or performers from potential threats to their safety, our skilled personal injury attorneys in Florida will help them pursue each of the liable parties for the financial recovery they deserve.
Private Event Security Must Be Properly Licensed & Trained in Florida
In Florida, private security personnel must have an unarmed security license, known as the Class D Security License provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which requires 40 hours of professional security training.
When security personnel is armed, they are required to carry a Class G Statewide Firearms License.
After completing these steps and applying for their licenses, security personnel will be issued a “pocket card.” The card reflects that the security personnel is properly registered and licensed.
Anyone who performs private security services without a license may be subject to prosecution.
When a company hires security that is not properly licensed, they may be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that occur on the premises.
Who Is Responsible for Providing Increased Security at a Florida Event?
At a concert or other live event in Florida, the security requirements will typically lie with the organizer or the venue’s owner or operator.
These parties are responsible for understanding security regulations and then adhering to them before putting the proper personnel in place to keep the attendees safe.
When they fail to do so, we can help hold them accountable for their negligence.
Contact Our Skilled Negligent Security Lawyers in Florida for a Free Consultation
Contact our experienced Florida negligent security attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn how we can help you pursue the liable party’s insurance coverage for your complete financial recovery.