A fully constructed building has slight movement when the wind force is up, so try and envisage a semi-assembled building that has not been fully erected. Can you see it swaying from side to side? Can you imagine the ramifications of such a building should it not have the proper safety measures applied?
Too often the headlines read “building collapsed during construction”.
The reason for this is that most buildings are not designed to withstand wind / storm forces during construction and erection. A partially constructed building is at risk of permanent damage until it has been fully completed, at which time its status changes to a fully integrated structure able to tolerate the loadings, structure and pressures it was designed for.
Until that time buildings utilising portal frames must be securely braced in at least two directions in the assumption that a “design wind event” will occur during the construction period. It is imperative that you always assume the worst where weather is concerned and protect your building with the appropriate support measures and apply temporary construction braces to give your building stability.
It is the builder’s responsibility under duty of care and basic construction standards to determine the type, number and method of construction bracing to be utilised during the full construction period.
Wide Span Sheds can’t stress enough, that failure to adequately secure a partially completed building can result in destruction of property, loss of insurance, injury and even fatalities. Get the most out of your steel building and find out the best ways to sufficiently protect your asset from damage.
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