When examining building codes for handrail/wall heights for an elevated
balcony, safety is the objective (so someone doesn't fall over an exposed
side). However, individuals still fall over the side in certain instances.

Can anyone point me to published studies that are used to determine what
these heights should be? Also, someone who is falling (e.g., tripping on
something, then recovering from a fall) will impose different dynamics when
encountering this handrail/wall than someone leaning against it. Are there
any works that describe this?

Thanks for your help and I will post a summary of replies.

R.D. Clark, Ph.D.
Dept. of Kinesiology
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo CA 93407
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