Philadelphia bouncers might have to get certified

Soon it may take more than muscle to become bouncer in Philadelphia.  A Philadelphia City Council committee has approved a bill calling on new rules for those in charge of club security.

The bill would mandate criminal background checks and training for bouncers.  Michael Saile is an attorney for a man who was thrown through a glass and wood door by bouncers at a Center City bar.  During preparation for a civil suit, Saile asked the bouncers how his client should have been removed.

“They all had different answer, I ask the manager, he did not have the answer,” said Saile.

Ed Iannucci trains bouncers and says it’s hard to ensure safety without establishing standards.

“I believe this bill is very important to add quality standards and to decrease the incidents due to underqualified and overexcited doorman that in most cases end in serious injury and even death,” said Iannucci.

The full council is expected to vote on the bill before it adjourns next month.

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