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July 25, 2003 7:42 AM CDT

Wall Bracing Design Seminar

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The MCAA Wall Bracing Design Seminar will be held on September 25, 2003 from 10am-3pm at MCAA?s National Headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill.

OSHA?s requirements for bracing masonry walls are simple, ?All masonry walls over eight feet in height shall be adequately braced to prevent overturning and to prevent collapse unless the wall is adequately supported so that it will not overturn or collapse?. What is not so simple is defining what ?adequately braced? means. In 1999, the MCAA responded with the Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls under Construction. This Standard Practice gives engineering guidelines that allows project managers and foremen for all mason contractors, general contractors, and structural engineers to design their wall bracing. In the spring of 2003, the MCAA released the Masonry Wallbracing Design Handbook that does the engineering for most typical masonry wall designs.

The Masonry Wall Bracing Design Course has been developed to provide contractors with the know-how to confidently design and construct bracing for a variety of common masonry structures. This is an opportunity to save your company money by designing your own wall bracing rather than paying a structural engineer.

This 5 hour course is intended to teach project managers, safety managers, foremen and any other responsible person to understand and implement the OSHA regulation on wall bracing, the Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls, and the Masonry Wall Bracing Design Handbook. Completion of this course will allow your people to safely and efficiently design adequate masonry wall bracing. Why pay an engineer for a design that you can do yourself?


About the Author

Rashod R. Johnson, P.E., is president of The Roderick Group in Chicago. He is the former Director of Engineering for the Mason Contractors Association of America and currently serves as a technical consultant to the association.

 

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