June 16, 2015
The platform not only requires stairs but handrails too. It is nothing even remotely similar to a step ladder. The platform is a permanent fixture of the building that is used periodically throughout the year. JC got it right but didn't mention handrails.
September 4, 2017
April 8, 2015
PLATFORM. A raised area within a building used for worship, the presentation of music, plays or other entertainment; the head table for special guests; the raised area for lecturers and speakers; boxing and wrestling rings; theater-in-the-round stages; and similar purposes wherein there are no overhead hanging curtains, drops, scenery or stage effects other than lighting and sound. A temporary platform is one installed for not more than 30 days.
3103.4 Means of egress.
Temporary structures shall conform to the means of egress requirements of Chapter 10 and shall have a maximum exit access travel distance of 100 feet (30 480 mm).
STRUCTURE. That which is built or constructed.
I would believe the stairs to your platform are required by the building code and as mentioned above you may have an OSHA violation is stairs are not provided.
October 5, 2011
Uncle Bob sounds right. However, you surley want to provide a safe workplace. I do not have the OSHA regs mastered, but 24" is more than enough to cause a bad fall. The greatest cause of workplace accidents - by far - is slips, trips and falls!
December 31, 1969
Welcome to the forum.
A moveable, storeable platform should not be consider part of the building any more than a folding step ladder. I know of nothing in the codes that would require it to meet any requirements; including stairs.
Hope this helps,
October 4, 2011
I have a temporary platform that can be stored folded in a closet and set up for use when needed and whereever. This platform is typically set at a height of 24 inches and used for audio/visual equipment. The people who set up and operate this equipment must get up onto the temporary platform to use the equipment. Does this type of temporary platform fall under the building code, such that the building code would dictate that stairs be required? Does the building code regulate such temporary platforms?
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