Framers Council

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 300,000 work-related eye injuries leading to an emergency room visit occur every year, costing an estimated $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. To keep your employees safe and to make sure your revenue doesn’t end up as part of this estimate, getting employees to wear proper eye protection is critical.

The National Framers Council (NFC) is excited to once again support OSHA’s Safe+Sound Campaign in a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs as a campaign partner. Just as safety training is an ongoing process, Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign. This year’s event, scheduled for August 12-18, is designed to “celebrate the successes of businesses that have implemented safety and health programs in the workplace.”

Chris Tatge, Executive Director of the National Framers Council (NFC), led a series of presentations in Texas converting stick builders to components. As a professional framer, Chris offers a unique perspective to show how roof trusses can be installed with greater efficiencies than stick-framed roofs.

SBCA, in collaboration with the National Council of Structural Engineers (NCSEA), have teamed up to bring clarity to the International Building Code (IBC) on best methods for installing permanent lateral restraint and diagonal bracing of individual wood truss web members.

The short answer is no, not according to the law. Why? Because the building official does not have jurisdiction over professional engineers. They only have authority with respect to enforcing the specific provisions of the building code that has been adopted into law.

Quick Tie Products, Inc. recently released a video narrated by Bo Creel, President of EPCI Code Administration Services and Chief Building Official of Panama City, Florida.

Will King, a custom home builder and owner of Alabama-based High Cotton Homes, has always been a hands-on kind of student. In many ways, it’s just how he was raised. Brought up on a farm in rural Alabama, he had to make stuff work, regardless of whether it was his job or not. This attitude translated to a valuable skillset when he and his wife decided to remodel their first home.

During a memorable week last summer, a team of extreme adventure videographers and LP product experts joined Captain Spencer Salmon and his crew aboard the MV Horizon in San Diego, and embarked on a twenty-two-hour boat ride to Guadalupe Island, off the coast of Mexico, a dive destination famous for the number and size of great white sharks that circle the island’s coast. The purpose of the expedition was to submit LP Legacy® premium sub-flooring to the ultimate performance test by building a shark cage and immersing it in the ocean. 

MiTek has just received an Evaluation Code Report for the new Hardy Frame Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame and Cold Formed Steel Picture Frame products.  Evaluation Code Reports enable designers to confidently specify “alternate building materials” not defined in the code, and they are accepted by the vast majority of building departments. 

In December 2018, ANSI published new requirements regarding Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), formerly called Aerial Work Platforms. Manufacturers and end users of the equipment are required to come into compliance by December 2019.  The new standards are:

  • ANSI A92.20: Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for MEWPs
  • ANSI A92.22: Safe Use of MEWPs
  • ANSI A92.24: Training Requirements for Operators of MEWPs