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 Aldridge/Benge Lightweight Truss Act

 

The Florida Legislature has adopted into law Administrative Code 69A-60.0081.

The purpose of this law is to require the placement of an identifying symbol on

structures with a light-frame truss system. The symbol is to warn Firefighters who

may enter a building of this type construction. Two Orange County Firefighters

Mark Benge and Todd Aldridge lost there lives when they entered a Gift Shop with

this type of construction, and the building collapsed on them suddenly. Lightweight

Truss Systems are prone to collapse due to how they are built. Governor Charlie

Christ sign the bill into law in June of 2008 and became effective December 3, 

2009.

The symbol is a Maltese Cross measuring 8 inches horizontally and 8 inches 

vertically, with a bright red reflective color, designed in accordance with the 

examples shown below. 

 

 

 

All commercial, industrial, or multi-unit residential structure of three units or more

that use horizontal or vertical lightweight truss construction in any portion shall be

marked with this symbol.  The symbol shall have in the center the letter R, F, or RF

depending on the type of construction.

1. Structures with lightweight truss roofs shall be marked with the R symbol.

2. Structures with lightweight truss floor, shall be marked with the F symbol.

3. Structures with lightweight truss floor & rood shall be marked with R and F symbol.

4. The symbol shall be placed within 24" inches and left of the main entry door and

be permanentley attached to the face of the structure on a contrasting background. If

glass is in this position a vinyl symbol would suffice. If masonry or wood type

construction is the type of construction, the same vinyl on a metal plate will suffice.

5. The distance of the symbol should be no lower than 48" below the grade or walking

surface, and no more than 72" above the grade or walking surface.

In a single tenant structures such as strip plazas, big box stores, department stores

with multiple entrances the signs should be generally at least every 100'. The authority

having jurisdiction (usually the Chief/Fire Marshal) shall require additional signs

as they deem necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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