Metal Handrailing Safety Hazard
Here's a perfect example of a metal stairway handrail that will grab
a purse handle or piece of clothing in a matter of seconds and throw you
off balance. I know it doesn't seem like much, but small problems like
these cause accidents and accidents usually cost someone lots of money.
If you're looking for a simple solution to solve this problem, I think you could simply cut and remove the sections at the top and bottom that are sticking past the last baluster.
Here's a side view illustration of what the handrail currently looks like with the banister extending past the lower baluster, before safety problem is repaired.
Here's a side view illustration of what the handrailing would look like
after the banister extension is removed. On a metal handrail, any sections
that have been removed, will need to be filled with metal or some type of
approved metal filler and painted to prevent corrosion.
Remember, these are just suggestions to prevent accidents in some cases, however, this might not meet local building codes in your area. Even though I provided you with an easy way to fix one problem, it could create another one with your local building inspector.
The illustration below provides you with a better idea of what the building department will be looking for and it wouldn't be a bad idea to check out the building code section of our website for lower and upper handrailing safety advice.