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Influence of stairway handrail height on the ability to generate stabilizing forces and moments

Human Factors

Author: Maki, B. E., Bartlett, S. A., Fernie, G. R.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1984


An experimental study investigating the influence of handrail height on the ability of stairway users to generate stabilizing forces and moments, with the aim of improving stairway safety by developing better handrail design standards. The experiments involved measurements of the maximum forces and moments that subjects were able to exert on a handrail while they stood stationary in an upright position. Two age groups were tested: young (20 to 45 years) and elderly (59 years and over), with atotal of 35 subjects. All subjects showed a strong linear dependence on handrail height in generating forces and moments. Based on the results, an optimal design range for handrail height was estimated.

Further Details

Pages: 705-715
Volume: 26
Issue: 6
Accession Number: December, 2010
Keywords: rail, stair, older, design, safety
Reads: 336