Six Ways to Increase Safety in Masonry Wall Construction
Building masonry walls is an important and specialized part of renovation and new construction projects. They provide strength to the structure and contribute to the building’s temperature control.
This type of masonry, like all construction processes, also pose safety risks to the workers on site. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) offers these suggestions.
- Do not place construction loads on a concrete structure until a qualified person indicates that it can support the load.
- Adequately shore or brace structures until permanent supporting elements are in place, or concrete has been tested to assure sufficient strength.
- Only allow those who are essential to and actively engaged in construction or lifting operations to enter the work area.
- Take measures to prevent unrolled wire mesh from recoiling, such as securing each end or turning the roll over.
- Do not load lifting devices beyond their capacity.
- Use automatic holding devices to support forms in case a lifting mechanism fails