BOCA requirement for the stairs is similar to the UBC for the rise and
tread width. However, there is an exception in the code for servicing
mechanical equipment that allows you to provide a ladder as long as it is
used strictly with the service of the equipment.
Hope this help.
Samir Ghosn, P.E.
At 04:56 AM 4/27/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>This isn't really a structural question but I'm sure a
>lot of you have experienced this situation. We do a
>lot of industrial work and are often bound by BOCA.
>It seems to me that we must design our stairs with a
>7" max riser and an 11" min tread per BOCA but it
>doesn't seem to me that many other architects or
>engineers are doing this for industrial applications.
>Am I missing something in the Code that allows me to
>not have a stair going up to a piece of equipment that
>has such a shallow slope that my grandmother can climb
>up it? (I know about the alternating tread stair but
>that is not what I want.)
>The other thing that doesn't seem to be done by most
>other engineers in industrial buildings is the
>handrail extensions at the top and bottom of the
>stairs. It seems to me that they would be required at
>all stairs here in BOCA land.
>As always - thanks for your insights
>Ken Peoples, P. E.
>Lehigh Valley Technical Associates
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