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wai wrote:While there might not be local authority rules that will be enforced, there is something you need to consider.
In engineering there is a principle that has the acronym RAGAGEP. This stands for Recognised and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice. What this means is that you have to follow procedures that ensure good practice. You first have to adhere to legal requirements where the work is being carried out, then national standards, then international standards, then industry standards, then company standards, and then you go back to basics or first principles.
This can be extended to any field and is not exclusive to engineering.
So, you have to ask yourself whether you are following such a protocol in preparing the drawings for this building.
On the face of it, my reading would say that you are not (don't take this personally). There may not be local authority requirements covering this building, but there are other rules/guidelines/codes of practice that would say that such a situation is not acceptable. If you do proceed, you need to understand that someone injuring themselves may well decide to seek redress from you. Even if your client asked for this to be done, you need to make sure that you have formally advised them of your concerns and seek clarification from them. In particular, you need them to accept any liability for this.
You describe this as a camp building. This would imply that you are going to have many people staying here who will not be familiar with the layout of the building. They are the ones who may suffer injury, and you will be in the firing line.
From the drawings, all you need is for a landing to be provided. Much easier to incorporate this in the design now than wait until it is built and then have to put one there.
allan wrote:Stair header: more like a lintel supporting the roof over. To the lay persons it's a header as you work down the stairs, but it's really supporting the roof. I could get you layout to work structurally, is that your problem?
allan wrote:Second point. Can you move the stair internally within the top story? See the sketch attached.
nicnicman wrote:All plans I do are purely for illustrative purposes only. I include a liability waiver on the title block to protect myself in the event that the builder uses them to work by without first having them reviewed by a licensed architect or engineer.
wai wrote:nicnicman wrote:All plans I do are purely for illustrative purposes only. I include a liability waiver on the title block to protect myself in the event that the builder uses them to work by without first having them reviewed by a licensed architect or engineer.
I do the same, however you still expose yourself to defending an action brought by someone who has suffered.
When it comes to the crunch, if you show something where there is an obvious hazard, but you fail to alert your client to this, you can be held liable no matter what waiver you show.
I prepare plans for a client for panel form kit buildings. Following just such an instance, I now have to quote chapter and verse, the clause numbers from the relevant standards for stairways, ladders and balustrades.
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