Property owners and businesses are liable in law for accidents under the Occupiers Liability Act (1957). It is therefore extremely important that all railings, guarding and balustrading is constructed in accordance with the current regulations. This act covers the safety of the general public and visitors to the premises, so all residential and commercial buildings must be guarded correctly to prevent falls and resist lateral loading.
Areas that will be accessed by children must meet Approved Document K of the UK’s Building Regulations, which require railings to be at least 100mm apart.
Horizontal railing must prevent climbing, and all designs must be resistant to lateral forces being exerted. In domestic and residential areas, external railings and balconies must be at least 1.1 metres in height.