Installation INFORMATION at Your Fingertips The SBCA Jobsite Package gets a digital upgrade. FOR DECADES, SBCA Jobsite Packages have helped component manufacturers (CMs) provide handling and installation guidance to their customers with every order. These pre-assembled packages of instruction documents, attached to truss deliveries in a zippered plastic bag, are now available in a digital format. To be clear, all the content currently available in hard copy will be included in the digital files, with the added benefit that each page will be branded with the CM’s logo. The electronic jobsite package will include the specific job number and the physical address of the building where the components will be installed. Most importantly, the digital format means access to this critical information will be easier for everyone. “This offers a lot more flexibility to the component manu-facturer,” said Jess Lohse, president of Rocky Mountain Truss Co. “They’re able to supply the correct information up and down the supply chain, and the traceability of it being digital will be a big risk management tool.” SBCA legal counsel Kent Pagel advised using the SBCA Jobsite Package as “the best way to genuinely inform and warn customers and installers as to the best practices with regard to the important aspects of handling, storage, installation and bracing of trusses and components.” Pagel added, “the jobsite package has become the standard by which component manufacturers are measured in terms of their duty to warn their customers and installers.” 12 sbcmag.info • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 That’s great news for CMs. One of the most difficult tasks CMs encounter is educating users in the field on the proper handling, storage, installation and bracing of their products. Once a CM’s product leaves the plant, it’s difficult for the CM to control how that product is handled and installed. Jobsite packages have proven to be the best way to help in that effort, and a digital format will increase their reach in two important ways. First, when an electronic jobsite package is created, it has a digital footprint—a record that not only shows the CM supplied best practice documentation, but also proves that the end user had access to it and, ultimately, the responsi-bility to follow it. For this reason, Lohse thinks the upgrade should elicit greater use from CMs as a risk management tool. “This is a simple and easy way to cover a lot of risk. Getting it in front of the right eyes is the best way to reduce risk because it may prevent an accident. There’s no better way to manage risk than to eliminate the injury or property damage claim. CMs should use it if they’re not!” Second, providing jobsite packages in hard copy means framers must be on the jobsite when the delivery is made in order to see the instructions before handling and install-ing the product. Digital documentation gives framers access to the information wherever they are and whenever they want to view it. “This is a simple way for everyone to review bracing documents from home if they want to review things before the next day or when they’re away from the jobsite and have no access to a hard copy,” Lohse said.