Spotting an Unstable Deck
Deck collapse injuries are nothing new, everyone has seen the viral videos of these deck collapses. Sometimes they are even played off as comical. However, deck collapses can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injury. Engineering firm Simpson Strong-Tie says there are over 40 million decks in the U.S. and almost half are not built to code.
After a father and daughter were seriously injured at their condo after their deck collapsed, the other condo owners were told not to use their own decks. It turns out all of the decks were only secured by 26 nails and lacked multiple safety requirements.
In this sort of situation where property owners live in community that provide maintenance features, the association could be liable along with the construction company who installed the deck.
Some things to be on the look out for to determine whether a deck is safe or not include:
- Nails “The very first thing you want to look at is where your deck attaches to the house,” advises Ricardo Arevalo, a safety engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie. A nail is smooth and can pull out easily. If the deck is solely built with nails, was not built correctly.
- Rotting or Splintering Wood If you see that wood is rotting on splintering, you can bet that it is slowly detaching from whatever it is connected to and should not be walked on.
- Wobbly Railing Railings are more often than not, not perfectly secure on a deck. Do not lean on them or put any unnecessary weight on them.
If you are injured from a deck collapse, or similar accident, call us today and we may be able to help