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Safer Steps from Sloping Sidewalks

Kenneth LiDonnici, P.E.

Course Outline

This two hour online course breaks new ground in that it provides a method for avoiding the tripping hazards that exist in all existing stairways that interface with sloping surfaces.  It provides an elegant solution to an age-old problem and leaves one wondering “why hasn’t this been done before?”

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for architects and engineers involved in stairway design.

Benefit to Attendees

Completion of this course will make the student one of an extremely small coterie of designers with a solution to the design of safe stairways from sloping sidewalks.

Course Introduction

Since man has been building stairways that had to interface with sloping surfaces, they have introduced unsafe conditions that assuredly have caused untold thousands of accidents to the unfortunate pedestrians who have had no other choice but to use them.

Course Content

This course is in the following PDF document:

Safer Steps from Sloping Sidewalks

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Course Summary

This new method, finally, provides a solution to the age-old problem of designing safe steps from sloping sidewalks.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.