Preparing for erecting roof trusses on a second storey extension


You can adapt this example to your own job and help create a safer work environment.

One in three injuries on construction sites involve everyday tools and equipment. So make sure you don’t take shortcuts with your gear and use the right tools for the job.

Take time to prepare your site. Stop, Step back, and Think.

1. Stop

What job needs to be done? Do I have the right tools?

What's the job

Unload, unpack and erect prefabricated roof trusses on a second storey extension.

List the tools you need

  • crane truck
  • nails
  • fasteners
  • speed brace
  • power leads
  • circular saws
  • hammers
  • nail guns
  • ladders
  • perimeter scaffold

2. Step Back

Take a moment to ask:

Where is the job located?

At a suburban home.

How long will the job take?

2 days.

How many tradies do I need?

  • 3 carpenters
  • 1 apprentice
  • 1 crane truck driver
  • 1 licensed rigger
  • 1 licensed scaffolder

What do I have to do?

Unload, unpack and erect all prefabricated roof trusses on a second storey extension on a busy street.

What's been quoted as part of the job?

  • Materials: prefabricated roof trusses, nails and speed brace.
  • Hiring and erection of perimeter scaffold.
  • Assembly and erection of roof trusses.

Will the work impact on others?

Yes. Delivery of roof trusses will occur during working hours. Traffic management is needed to block off all vehicle and pedestrian traffic during delivery.

What should I do before I’m on site?

  • Test tools and equipment.
  • Hire a portable generator for 2 days.
  • Ensure that external bracket scaffold is installed by a licensed scaffolder before starting any works onsite.
  • Ensure appropriate stair void protection has been installed.
  • Notify the power supply company about lifting over powerlines and the need for a trained spotter.
  • Arrange permits with the local council for blocking the road during the delivery.
  • Organise a traffic management company to develop and implement a traffic management plan for the delivery process.

3. Think

Make sure your equipment is in safe working order. Know what to do when arriving on site.

Are the tools in good condition and appropriate for the task?

  • Service nail guns regularly according to manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Test and tag power leads and tools to ensure they are in good condition.
  • Fit safety guards on all tools and ensure they are working properly.
  • Ensure that ladders in use are appropriate for the task.

What do I need to do when I arrive on site?

  1. Report to the site supervisor and get inducted onto the site.
  2. Review and revise the Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
  3. Induct workers onsite into the SWMS.
  4. Provide appropriate access to the work area.
  5. Suspend the leads off the ground.

Check Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • hearing protection
  • eye protection
  • protective gloves