Tag: Ladder effect

Where Were The Parents?

By now, you have likely seen this astonishing video of a man climbing up four floors to rescue a child dangling from a balcony in Paris. Like me, you may have wondered “Where were the parents?” Turns out, neither of them was home. The mother was out of town, and the father had gone to […]

What Is “The Ladder Effect”?

The 2000 International Residential Code (IRC) states that guardrails . . . shall not be constructed with horizontal members or other ornamental pattern that results in a ladder effect. It has never been in the International Building Code (IBC). This was removed in the 2001 code cycle and was published in the 2001 IRC supplement. […]

Balconies Are Not Playpens

I get google alerts regarding balcony falls. This is one I got this week. Toddler survives fall from third-story balcony Fortunately, this incident did not have a tragic ending. The toddler was uninjured. In the news story, it notes that the toddler was unsupervised and had climbed a chair. This is in line with most […]

NOMMA Upper Midwest Chapter Meeting

I will be presenting at this weekend’s meeting of the NOMMA Upper Midwest Chapter on the The Myth of the Ladder effect and Railing Code Issues. The session will provide an overview of the building codes and standards that impact railing and guard design. The meeting will be this Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 […]


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