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Masonry fall due to high wind
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A five block high masonry wall collapsed during high winds.
Key Learning Outcomes
For construction professionals:
It is good practice to carry out a risk assessment and method statement (RAMS) for all construction activities. This can ensure the sequencing of work activities are carefully considered, planned and temporary works provided if necessary.
Regular toolbox talks are a good way of engaging with work crews and highlighting any risks associated with work activities
For civil and structural design engineers:
Careful consideration is required for the design of masonry walls, particularly in the temporary stage because there is no redundancy and relatively small loads at the tip can precipitate failure
If a masonry wall relies on support from an adjacent wall in the permanent condition, highlight this on the drawings to bring it to the contractor’s attention
Any temporary work issues or requirements should be highlighted in risk registers and on construction drawings
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Masonry was being laid at high level (4th floor) in high winds. During construction, a block wall circa five blocks high collapsed, and blocks fell outside scaffolding onto adjoining property which was parking spaces for an office. The blocks were retrieved by a worker from the construction site and the wall was re-constructed.
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