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Collapse: telltale signs not to ignore

Most roof collapses occur when the structure can't sustain extreme loading conditions, such as heavy snows that have caused a number of buildings to fall. But a few collapsed roofs tie directly to the roofing itself, and offer lessons for roofers to  contemplate. More

Latching On
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Latching On

When a deck collapses, it's often because the ledger wasn't properly installed.... More

Latching On
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Latching On

A deck's ledger board is its most important part. More

Flash Dance
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Flash Dance

Deck failures and resulting injuries are increasing. That trend will likely... More

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Design for Safety

Decks collapse with disturbing regularity. In July, a 14-foot-high deck on a Montana casino gave way, injuring 52. A month earlier, the third-floor deck of a Chicago apartment filled with partying college kids collapsed onto the deck one floor below. That incident killed a dozen and injured more than 40. The same month, eight people were hurt when a deck collapsed in Des Moines, Iowa. More

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