Preventing masonry structures from collapsing: A health and safety solution

How to eliminate or reduce the workplace health and safety risks of unstable masonry structures.


What it contains

Masonry structures are commonly built using heavy brick, stone and concrete. If these structures are not stable or properly braced, they can collapse, causing serious injuries and death. This document advises how to manage the occupational health and safety risks of working with masonry structures. It explains:

  • why a structure must strong and stable through all work phases
  • how the structure should be resistant extreme weather conditions
  • what to do before completing any renovation or demolition works near a masonry structure
  • how to develop a schedule of work to ensure the safety in all activities
  • when to use temporary bracing on the structure