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The uneven step trip hazard


This video by Dean Peterson highlights what can happen when one step riser is slightly higher than others on a flight of stairs

In this instance taken from stairs on a New York subway the 7th step riser from the stop is a fraction of an inch higher than the others which causes people to trip or loss balance depending on the manor in which they walk or run up the stairs

Its worth noting the part the handrail plays in preventing people from falling, especially when watching the second person to use the stairs at 0:32 who is holding on to the handrail when his foot comes into contact the 'rogue step' but hardly loses his balance. The absence of a luminous contrast strip on the front edge of the stair nosings would also add to the chances of tripping or falling.


By John Bedwell Obvius Access

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