|Railing along upstage platform.|
- The Upper Railing must be at least 42" above the platform (per International Building Code and OSHA). The railing in the picture scales to about 36" tall.
- There must be a Toe-board (Kick-plate) that is 4" tall and the bottom of the Kick-plate must be no higher than 1/4'" above the platform. There is no kick-plate present.
- There must be intermediate railings or infill such that an sphere that is 21" diameter cannot pass through it (this limitation drops to a 4" if the railing is in a public place). If the top of the top rail is at 42" and is 1.9" diameter, and the kick plate is 4" tall, then this leaves 36.1" of open space. Installing an intermediate railing midway between the top of the kick plate and the bottom of the upper railing will satisfy this requirement. There is no intermediate railing present.
- Uprights for Railings must be in place ant no more than 8' intervals. Just because you have a 20 foot piece of pipe doesn't mean that you can just install upright supports at the ends. The uprights in this application appear to meet this requirement.
- Upwards: Will it pull the railing right up out of the fittings or tear the bolts / pins / screws out?
- Downwards: Will it buckle and collapse under severe loading?
- Sideways: Will it collapse in a parallelogram?
- Inwards or Outwards: Will it support the weight of performers pulling or pushing on it, or falling against it, or leaning over it?
The Building Codes and OSHA do not differentiate between five seconds, five minutes, five days, or five years. The objects you build, be they stairs, railings, platforms, or whatever must meet the requirements set forth -- regardless of how long they will be in service.
|Well, at least it wasn't like this 8' unguarded drop behind the performer . . .|