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Projections in stairs

Question asked by fesgc34 on Jun 24, 2019
Latest reply on Jun 27, 2019 by chiefns830

We have a 3 story type 2 constructed dormitory built in 1966 with 2 exterior metal stairways with 39 inches wide stair treads and a central stairwell that has 36 inches wide stair treads.

It has old fashioned hand rails. The contractor is replacing the old handrails

The new prefab stair side sections have handrails that are attached on the interior reducing the exit pathway down to 34 inches.

In NFPA 101 chapter 7 Table Existing Stairs

            “Minimum width clear of all obstructions, except projections not more than 4 1⁄2 in. (114 mm) at or                                        below handrail height on each side.”

What is the definition of “Projections”?

The governing agency is trying to say the handrails are the projections I disagree