This is mostly a warning
often those of us in the industry ignore some of the safety precautions on the products we use every day and generally don’t think anything of it, because we are trying to get the job done in the shortest amount of time possible, untill–
Two days ago we were rolling I joist, after we finished I had my laborer start Bringing up sheets of 3/4″ plywood and Stack it up on the I-joist after he finished there were about 35 sheets of plywood setting on the I-joist. He and Another Contractor that I work with were standing upon the Stacks of I-joist Getting ready to set the first row of sheeting. not making any movements they were just standing there. The I-joist must have tipped very slightly when without even a seconds warning 5 I-joists collapsed leaving both workers unhurt, 9 feet below on the first floor deck, It scared the living daylights out of all of us. Thank goodness nobody was hurt.
The amazing part of it to me was the joist were only 18 feet long and nailed securely in a hanger at one end and to a rim board on the other
So I guess what I am trying to say is don’t do what I did and don’t just throw those installation instructions in the scrap pile like I have so many times:-(
Does anybody have a similar story?, I think passing storys like these on could possibly save someone from getting hurt or even killed!