FN November 2011

Frame Building News - November 2011 CoverThe November 2011 Issue of Frame Building News looks at the escalating costs of safety’s legal aspect.

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Engineering doesn’t cost — it pays!

By Ronald Sutton, PE —— In the post-frame industry it is widely held that engaging the services of an engineering consultant is a big expense that should be avoided if at all possible. After all it is an additional expense that will reduce the bottom line. Most post-frame buildings are pre-engineered, sort of, and...

November 2011

The excalating costs of safety’s legal aspects

By Gary Auman, Legal counsel for NFBA —— Last issue, in the first of a series of articles, I discussed the current status of fall protection as it applies to post-frame contractors. The article addressed many of the more practical aspects of safety focused on fall protection. After preparing the article, I began to...

PFMI work continues

The Post-Frame Market Initiative, with the support of NFBA members and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, continues to promote the use of post-frame construction in the light commercial market through education, marketing and research. In the August 2011 issue of this publication, NFBA board chair Larry Edema described the many ways in which PFMI...

An argument for fully engineered post-frame buildings

By David Bohnhoff, PE, PhD, University of Wisconsin —— In December 16, 2010, I met 66-year old dairy farmer Cyril Myren. He was sitting in an armchair in his house. He could barely move. Four days earlier he suffered two cracked ribs and lots of bruising when a portion of his two-year old post-frame...

What makes a good post-frame crew member?

With the current economic woes comes a high unemployment rate. Tom Flynn of Lynnman Construction says, “We have people stopping by our offices asking for work right now.” However, just because someone wants a job doesn’t mean he will make a good employee. Most post-frame builders are looking for someone who will not only...