For 17 years, mason contractors have been legally required to properly protect their workers from the potential of wall falls with adequate bracing. The bracing requirement is found in OSHA Standard 29 CFR, part 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Requirements for Masonry Construction. The standard outlines a contractor’s responsibility to first establish a limited access zone during a masonry wall’s construction, and then adequately support the wall.
While the standard clearly assigns the responsibility for adequate bracing to the contractor, it doesn’t provide details on how to do it. The mason contractor has to assess each site and wall configuration, and then select the most appropriate support method.
One tool that contractors can use to help firm up their knowledge is the Masonry Wall Bracing Design Handbook. This resource, which was prepared by members of the Mason Contractors Association of America and the Masonry Institute of Michigan, displays more than 700 different wall bracing configurations.