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Setting trusses with Fall Protection

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  1. kkemp

    kkemp Super OPE Member

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    How do you guys tie off when setting trusses ? I'm guessing there's some builders on ope . I'm asking because some trusses collapsed on a amish crew here.
     
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    I'm a builder, but I build treehouses. So I'm tied off to the trees above with work positioning setups, not fall arrest. I'm curious to hear some responses though.
     
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    I framed houses and commercial buildings for 30 years before I started messing with saws. I never tried off to anything.
     
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    USMC615 God...Country...Corps

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    Same here...!
     
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    I never do either . But those guys that had one collapse were not wearing any fall protection. It killed a 19 yr old guy. That's what has me thinking about how it could be done safely .
     
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    huskihl Just an ordinary member

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    You're better off bracing the trusses better. You never know what's strong enough until it isnt
     
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    yes sir, I've never seen one braced too good for me. The truss that broke for those guys was a 80 ft pole barn truss. They did the braces right but they were standing there waiting on the next truss when the bottom cord snapped. It's still being investigated , but it looks like the center clip broke in half.
     
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    There's really no way to tie off in that situation. I hate hearing about the young guy being killed.
     
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    USMC615 God...Country...Corps

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    ...exactly!
     
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    More than likely if they would've been tied off it would've been to the truss that broke. It was only 12 ft . But it doesn't take much if you fall wrong.
     
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    I don’t tie off either. If trusses collapsed I can’t see being tied off helping. I’m not even sure how you could and still work.
    Setting the first truss and bracing appropriately has always been most important to me.
    If a truss broke after being set, I’m not sure anything could have been done to prevent it. It’s very unfortunate for the poor lad and his family.
     
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    Could rent a boom or scissor lift
     
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    Yup. Good point Keith. I forgot we did that on a couple big truss jobs. A lot less climbing.
     
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    First of all you have to have a solid truss .On same I do it all the time on steel in already assembled buildings with a fall arrest harness with a deceleration lanyard .How about this stuff ,70 years old and still a certified free climber .40 years olds have a problem keeping up with me .--clean living:p
     
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    We did a big pile barm last year and they wanted us tied off. It was more dangerous in my opinion. We kept falling over the lanyards and ropes. The only thing to tie to was the truss. If they fell, it was dragging you with it. Pole barns get sketchy when people start setting the trusses 48" or more on center. The one we did was 48" OC and 60' span. After two people almost getting hurt, I rented two boom lifts with jibs. We rock and rolled after that!

    I had a Morton building built on the WMA I manage. They set the trusses on 8'. They set them with a telehanlder and scissor lifts. Those guys can build a building QUICK.

    I hate to hear the young man lost his life, but things happen.
     
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    about 6 years ago a big local building contractor had a pole barn collapse and they were tied off. It drug a few of them off the wall. Luckily no one was hurt. Imo, if you have to tie off ,its faster to just use lifts.
     
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    I'm in the trade as well and we never tie off when setting trusses. Like a few guys mentioned there is really no way to tie off at that point in the job. A scissor lift from the bottom is the safest way to do it as long as you have the floor poured already. Or at the very least a well compacted gravel floor. Always terrible to hear guys dying that way.
     
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    Welcome to OPE sir.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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