Structural Safety of Wood Decks and Deck Guards

Loferski, Joseph R.; Woeste, Frank E.
November 2013
Construction Specifier;Nov2013, Vol. 66 Issue 11, p88
Trade Publication
Most deck-related accidents are caused by failure of the deck-ledger connection or the guardrail--this can lead to serious injuries or death. Decks are often designed as a collection of individual parts, rather than as a 'system' of interrelated components that must function correctly. Further, because decks are exterior structures, permanently exposed to weather, long-term decay and fastener or connector corrosion can contribute to these failures.


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