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November 11, 2004 7:12 AM CST

MCAA Offers In-House Wall Bracing Seminar


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 Wall Bracing 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 4 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?

The Design Course can be taught in your office for all of your workers for a fraction of the cost of sending each of them to the class separately.

This seminar will be:

  • Presented at your company or group
  • Scheduled per your schedule
  • Tailored to the needs of your staff

    This seminar will include:

  • Up to 25 copies of the Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls
  • Certificates of Completion for every attendee
  • 20% discount on purchase of 25 or more copies of Masonry Wall Bracing Design Handbook

    Contact Rashod R. Johnson, MCAA Director of Engineering, at 800-536-2225 or at for course pricing and details. Don't let your walls come crashing down around you. Contact MCAA today!

    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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