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ADA Business Brief: No Coat Hook = ADA Violation
Yet another reason for an ADA-related law suit - No Coat Hook
When considering where to mount the coat hook, the requirement for an unobstructed forward approach is 48-inches. However don't forget that sometimes due to the configuration of the ADA stall, there is only a side approach and not a forward approach. And if a customer's coat is quite large and bulky, then in my professional opinion you may have an obstructed forward approach or an obstructed side approach.
We also must keep in mind that with the implementation of the 2010 ADA, the side reach range was reduced from 54-inches down to 48-inches. So technically speaking, there are now probably thousands if not millions of coat hooks in accessible stalls that are too high to comply with current side reach ranges.
To simplify matters, I instruct all of my clients to mount the coat hook at 44-inches. This allows for forward and side approach (obstructed or unobstructed)
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