Roof Trusses Mock-up

The Site Manager had fabricated a ‘mock-up’ of the full roof truss detail to ensure that it could be delivered through the narrow lane from the main road.

This ‘mock-up’ was made of scaffold tubes to the overall shape of the truss and a fork-lift truck was used with banksmen to manoeuvre the shape around the adjacent houses and onto the site for storage.

This task was successfully completed which allowed the truss manufacturer to fabricate the truss as a whole item to be craned into position on each dwelling.

With the site entrance being so tight for space and the surrounding roads and lanes so narrow, the Site Manager had to tackle the proposal to use over 80 roof trusses, some of which were over eight metres long.

With the forklift driver and two banksmen, they constructed a mock-up pattern of the trusses out of scaffold tubes.

Using a long lifting strap and chains they hung the pattern from the forklift and carefully walked it around to where the lorry delivering the trusses would be parked, gently manoeuvring around towards the target, past adjacent houses and parked cars.

The procedure was a great success and having completed this, they could then place the order with the truss manufacturer saving time and money.

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Entry submitted by Harry J Palmer

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