Landing Decking Bundles On Joist and Beams

  • Do not use bundle packaging or strapping for hoisting unless specifically designed for that purpose.
  • Loose items on top of bundles must be secured to the bundles.
  • Land bundles on framing members so that the bundles are sufficiently supported to allow un-banding without dislodging the bundles.
  • At shift end, all decking must be secured against displacement.
  • No decking loads are allowed on steel joists until erector has confirmed that bridging is installed and anchored and all joist bearing ends are attached. Or landed on beams with out the beams being bolted up.
  • Make sure to take care when placing bundles on structure that they are landed in the most optimal location to minimize how far deck will have to be dragged to where it is to be placed.

Roof And Floor Openings 

Metal decks must be installed to meet these requirements:

  • Roof and floor openings must be covered during the decking process.
  • All covers must be secured.
  • All covers must be marked with a warning sign or marking.
  • A hole in which any part of a worker can fall must be covered.
  • Holes and openings must not be cut until essential to the construction process. Holes and openings must be immediately protected.
  • Space around columns must be protected to prevent objects from falling onto the area or workers below.
  • Skylight openings must meet these same requirements.

Use of Controlled Decking Zone

  • When used to control access to areas where leading edge and initial securement of metal deck and other operations connected with leading edge work are taking place, the controlled decking zone (CDZ) is defined by a control line or by any other means that restricts access.
  • A control line for a CDZ is erected not less than 6 feet (1.8 m) nor more than 90 feet (27.4 m) from the leading edge.
  • Control lines extend along the entire length of the unprotected or leading edge and are approximately parallel to the unprotected or leading edge.
  • Control lines are connected on each side to a guardrail system, wall, stanchion or other suitable anchorage.
  • Control lines consist of ropes, wires, tapes, or equivalent materials, and supporting stanchions as follows:
  • Each line is rigged and supported in such a way that its lowest point (including sag) is not less than 39 inches (1.0 m) from the walking/working surface and its highest point is not more than 45 inches (1.3 m) from the walking/working surface.
  • Each line has a minimum breaking strength of 200 pounds (90.8 kg).


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