Housing & Construction

Since FrameSAFE first rolled out in March of this year, 23 NFC Professional Framer members and 12 Skilled Subcontractors have subscribed to the program. As this bilingual, OSHA-compliant safety program is being implemented across the country, the feedback has been very positive.

BATC-Housing First Minnesota and other state construction industry groups are pressing state lawmakers to ease labor laws that keep 16- and 17-year-olds from working on construction sites.

SBCA is working with Ask the Builder expert Tim Carter to gain the benefit of his perspective on structural framing. While all those who know SBCA and work with its members know the value of component framing,

Wood Protection Technologies, Inc. offers a suite of robust, factory applied topical wood coatings that can protect framers from moisture related framing problems. WPT’s WOOD PRO tech 3000™ is proven to be effective in protecting whole framing packages against mold, fungal decay and termites while dramatically improving dimensional stability. 

DuPont Safety & Construction, a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, today announced the release of the DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainVent™ Rainscreen to provide advanced protection against moisture damage in exterior wall systems. The product is the business’ first roll good offering that creates a 6mm (0.25”) space for water drainage and air movement for drying behind cladding. 

The latest step in an ongoing regulatory saga, on Jan. 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule reducing the negative impact of employer electronic injury and illness recordkeeping rules originally adopted by the Obama-era agency.

The Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualifications final rule published on November 8, 2018, requires employers to document their evaluation of their crane operators (see 29 CFR 1926.1427(f)(6)). To provide more time for employer compliance with new evaluation and documentation requirements, OSHA already made the effective date February 7, 2019. While OSHA will be fully enforcing the requirement that employers must evaluate their operators before allowing them to operate cranes independently, this memorandum provides guidance on the enforcement of the documentation requirement.

Given the frigid temperatures that recently affected much of the U.S., now seems a particularly good time to discuss how framers can best deal with the cold on the jobsite. Chris Tatge, National Framers Council (NFC) executive director and owner of Dynamic Construction in Madison, Wisconsin, offers some advice for dealing with the cold that can be particularly helpful for newer framers wondering how veterans learn to cope.

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today announced the launch of the patent-pending LSSR slopeable and skewable rafter hanger. It’s the first product of its kind designed to allow retrofit installation after rafter systems have been assembled in place.

A new 3D-printing technique could render a three-dimensional object in minutes instead of hours—at up to 100 times current speeds. The experimental approach uses a vat of resin and some clever tricks with UV and blue LED lights (no lasers needed) to accelerate the printing process.