BCAB #1595 - Climbability of Guards, Sentence 9.8.8.5.(1)

January 21, 2004

BCAB #1595

Re: Climbability of Guards, Sentence 9.8.8.5.(1)

Components of a guard protecting a stair in a residential occupancy are constructed of welded wrought iron. About 380 mm above the stair tread is a decorative detail that reduces the space between the vertical members from 60 mm to 35 mm. Also, about 710 mm above the stair tread is member parallel to the top of the guard which encloses a decorative scroll.

Reason for Appeal

Sentence 9.8.8.5.(1) requires guards in residential occupancies to be designed that no member, attachment or opening between 100 mm and 900 mm above the walking surface protected by the guard will facilitate climbing.

Appellant’s Position

The appellant considers the guard does not facilitate climbing between 100 mm and 900 mm above the stair tread.

Building Official's Position

The Building Official contends both details of the guard at the 380 mm and 710 mm level would provide footholds that would facilitate climbing.

Appeal Board Decision #1595

It is the determination of the Board that the design of the guard facilitates climbing and does not comply with Sentence 9.8.8.5.(1).

George Humphrey, Chair