Deck Collapse Injury Attorney

In 2010 the AJC ran an interesting story discussing deck safety and the rising concerns associated with aging decks. deck safety picture The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) noted the rising amount of deck failures and put together some safety tips for individuals who own or lease property with decks. NADRA reported that there are 40,000 decks in the US that are more than 20 years old and that these older decks can be very unsafe if not property maintained. NADRA provided a checklist for current and interested homeowners to use when evaluating the safety of their decks. Here are the issues deck owners should be evaluating:

  • Using a pointed tool probe areas of the deck to check for decaying wood. If the tool goes in too easily without splintering the wood, decay might be present.
  • A continuous piece of metal known as "flashing" should be present at all connection points of the deck and the house
  • All screws and bolts should be tight and nails that have popped up should be nailed back into place.
  • Railings and banisters should be stable and meet minimum height and width requirements. Railing should be less than 4 inches apart and railing should be a minimum of 36 inches high.
  • Don't forget to check the stairs for stability and trip hazards. Also, the steps should be no more than 4 inches apart.
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