Warning Poster Caution Notes
We are concerned with SBCA’s BCSI-B1 Summary Sheet which under “Notes” makes a disclaimer. Our concern is if there would be an accident with our trusses and we point out that the bracing was not placed correctly according to SBCA documentation, which is sent with every job. If the accident goes to court, how will our attorney respond when the opposing attorney points out the disclaimer, which infers that the bracing we recommend must be flawed, otherwise it would not be disclaimed?
Any warning that is put out with a product contains a disclaimer. SBCA does this, TPI does this, NAHB does this, etc. The reason for this is that one has no control over what is actually done in the field. These are just recommendations that, if acted upon, will provide for a safe installation. If acted on partially, all bets are off. That is the real intent here. The key to using this document effectively is to combine it with SBCA’s TTB – Standard Responsibilities in the Design and Application of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, as that document defines quite clearly the roles of all parties based on TPI-1 Chapter 2. The contractor is responsible for the product immediately after shipment, as he takes title to the product at that time. We have encouraged truss manufacturers for some time to have the BCSI-B1 Summary Sheet become part of their contract for this reason: to tie everything together. SBCA has successfully defended truss companies using both the BCSI-B1 Summary Sheet and TTB – Standard Responsibilities in the Design and Application of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses. Our goal at SBCA is to do everything in our power to protect truss manufacturers – his wording does exactly that.