Mecklenburg County Common Code Defects Commercial- Building Code Defects • Lack of handrail return presents possibility of user injury by bumping into cut end of rail or hanging a sleeve and causing user to fall Code Description Section 1009.11.5 Handrail Extensions • Handrails shall return to a wall guard or the walking surface or shall be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent stair flight. Possible Options: • Install return pieces on rail that provide safe termination of handrails. Disclaimer: There may be other ways to comply with the Code. If so, you are not required to use this method to comply with the Code. You may want to investigate other options, or consult with a design professional identifying an equally code compliant solution.