Temporary Bracing for Roof Trusses

Workers framing roofs with trusses have been injured and killed by the domino-like collapse that can occur when one truss leans against the next and the whole set topples. To prevent this from happening, the author’s crew has already set up a series of vertical supports and an array of diagonal braces that run back to the ground at the gable end.

The gable truss is nailed to these braces as soon as it’s set.

Precut 1x2 spacers 24 inches long are nailed between trusses as each truss is set.

Temporary structural bracing is nailed across the top chords of the trusses.

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