Subscribe or Renew Membership Subscribe Renew

OSHA Wt Limit on Storage

johndrew's picture

I started working part-time at a cabinet shop. They have some special woods stored above the breakroom.

OSHA came and said there has to be a posted limit on the weight which can safely be stored up there.

The deminsions are 14 x 14

Wood is #2 yellow Pine 2x6's -16" centers

And there is dry wall on the ceiling of the breakrook and nothing on the joist above which the wood lays on.

 

What would be a safe wt limit it to post? I was thinking about somewhere between 20 and 40 psf

John (post #208500, reply #1 of 8)

From your description-

#2 SP-13'-6" would be rated 20-psf Live load, 10psf dead load  from the span book of the Canadian Wood Council.

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


http://www.quittintime.com/

 


Would the load be live since (post #208500, reply #2 of 8)

Would the load be live since there are no other external factors such as snow and wind but has the drywall?

 

John (post #208500, reply #3 of 8)

No load professor-but

Live load-people-stuff moving around-not the structure.

Dead load-dead people..................well, not exactly-constant load of which the structure that makes it up is part of it.

Drywall is part of the dead load.

 

What you had described above couldn't be a floor system.  Here it would be just a bit overspanned for light attic storage-no living space above.

Since this is a business and under osha guidelines, you just can't put stuff up there w/o thought (but I'm sure that is the intended purpose of osha getting involve as sometimes people overload things evidently w/o thought).  In other words, storing lumber up there could and should be thought out.  Taller stacks of material across the ends of the joists or near the walls.

Other more distributed load away from the perimeter.

And don't have that big gorilla up there walking around.

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


http://www.quittintime.com/

 


Since the walls that the (post #208500, reply #4 of 8)

Since the walls that the ceiling rests on are undoubtedly non bearing, no storage should be allowed.

 "Since the walls that the (post #208500, reply #5 of 8)

 "Since the walls that the ceiling rests on are undoubtedly non bearing, no storage should be allowed."

 

Not true, if the walls are built to code they will bear the weight of a second floor. Assuming of course that the floor they are resting on is a slab or otherwise code compliant.

I would sister  2x10s on the ceiling with a subfloor for any storage. I've seen too many of these unintended storage platforms collapse.

John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

Hey John (post #208500, reply #6 of 8)

Welcome back.

Ready for another snow event?..............................

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


http://www.quittintime.com/

 


What round is this coming up? (post #208500, reply #7 of 8)

What round is this coming up? If this is a 9 round fight, I think I will throw in the towel. The snowman has the right idea. lol

PreviewAttachmentSize
snowman_hitchicking.png
snowman_hitchicking.png87.89 KB

John (post #208500, reply #8 of 8)

Went out at 7 and just got back in and sat down.  Clock says 2:30

A 24" snow blower is not quite the right equipment for 500 ft of stone drive, the neighbors parking area that our drive passes..........nor the block of city sidewalk..........nor the circular walk of the other neighbor............nor the path to the woodpile and compost.............I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

Here in NW Ohio we passed the usual total for the year in January itself.

I'm thinking we're only a couple inches shy of the all time snow total for a season.

 

But hey, it looks better than that ugly [JOBSITE WORD]'d grey.

A Great Place for Information, Comraderie, and a Sucker Punch.

Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


http://www.quittintime.com/