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Down under we have:


AS1657: Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways, and ladders – Design, construction and installation


Whilst not in the title it also includes guard railing. It provides loads for typical industrial application, but refers back to loading code AS1170 for other situations. Main structural design done to materials codes: steel, cold-formed steel, timber, aluminium etc…



Conrad Harrison

B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust



South Australia

From: Taylor Motley [mailto:mail(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, 7 April 2008 08:50
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Steel Stairs and Railing Design


I have a client who is a steel fabricator employed by the contractor on a project. Per the specs, he is required to provide design calculations for the stair design as well as the railing design. Are there any good reference materials that address the design of metal stairs and handrails? I did a quick search and discovered that the NAAMM metal stairs manual is not available online, although I am not sure that would even be useful.