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CONTRACT # 1762-112-2017



Method Statement for Brick Masonry

A Issued for 12nd Dec 2017 WJ SLJ LQ

Revision Description Date PREP’D CHK’D APP’D

Shandong Kerui Petroleum Equipment Co., Ltd

IKAN Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd.


Table of Contents
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9. Brick: __________________________________________________ Error! Bookmark not defined.
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1. Purpose:
The Purpose of this Method Statement is to describe the activities related to the execution of brick
masonry in a safe manner and in accordance with the contract requirements and that all quality
assurance/control activities are undertaken in a systematic manner, works inspected and in
conformance with the related standards, verified and documented.

2. Abbreviation:
 SWMS: Safe Work Method Statement

 PTW: Permit to Work

 PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

 QCI: Quality Control Inspector

 RFI: Request for Inspection
 BS: British Standard

 SRC: Sulphate-Resisting Cement

 OPC: Ordinary Portland Cement

 M.S.: Method Statement

3. Responsibilities:
Area Engineer/CM shall be responsible for all activities and management of civil brick work.
Safety Officer shall be responsible for all coordination and control of safety related matters.

Quality of work shall be ensured by QAQC personnel.

4.Brick Work
The work under this section includes Brick works of any thickness and of the heights shown
on the drawings. The brick work shall be carried out in cement sand mortar of proportion as
specified on drawings / specifications.


Contractor shall provide safe scaffolding of adequate strength for use of workmen at all
levels and heights. Scaffolding which is unsafe, in the opinion of the Engineer/Client, shall
not be used unto it has been strengthened and made safe for use of workmen.


6. Codes and Standards:

The latest editions of the following Codes and Standards shall be considered as
standard references, any conflicts or clarifications regarding the applicability of these
documents to the specified work must be presented to the Engineer/Owner before
starting work, for his resolution and final decision.

6.1 Pakistan Standards:

PS 208 Classification, strength and properties of bricks

6.2 American Society for Testing and Materials:

ASTM C 34-70 Standard specification for structural Clay Load Bearing wall tile

ASTM C 56-71 Structural Clay Non-Load-Bearing Tile

ASTM C 57-57 Structural Clay floor Tile

ASTM C 62-75 a Building Brick (Solid Masonry Units made from Clay or Shale)

ASTM C 67-78 Sampling and testing brick and structural Clay Tile

ASTM C 73-75 Calcium Silicate Face Brick (Sand-Lime Brick) ASTM C 91-78
Masonry Cement

ASTM C 216-79 Brick Facing (Solid Masonry units Made from Clay

7. Material:
All cements and sand for Mortar shall be approved by Engineer/Client and shall confirmed
the application standards/ drawings.

All water used in the preparation of mortar shall be free from objectionable quantity of
silt organic matter, Alkali salts and other impurities, and shall be tested and approved by
the Client in accordance with the applicable standards.
Before start of brick work, Brick shall be Soaked as per specification. Iron Ties shall be used
for Joint between Bricks and Concrete column/wall.

8. Mortar:
Mortar for all brick masonry, except where otherwise directed by the Engineer/Owner or
given in drawing, shall consist of one part Portland Cement to four parts of damp loose
mortar sand by volume and sufficient water to produce proper consistency for the intended

Methods and equipment used for mixing mortar shall be such as accurately determine and
control the amount of each ingredient entering the mortar and shall be as per approved
drawing. Mortar shall be mixed only in sufficient quantity for immediate use and all mortar
not used within 30 minutes after addition of water to the mix shall be wasted.


9. Brick:
All bricks shall be manufactured by the Trench Kiln Method or other standard methods
approved by the Engineer/Owner.

Nominal size of brick for Brick Masonry shall be as per Specification. All bricks shall have “frog” of
6mm deep on face.

All bricks shall be of first class quality made from good brick earth, free from saline
deposit and shall be hand/machine molded. .

First class bricks shall be homogeneous in texture and shall emit a clear ringing sound
when struck, and shall be free from flaws, cracks, chips, stones and modules of lime.

10. Delivery and Storage:

The methods and equipment used for transporting the bricks and mortar shall be such
as will not damage the brick nor delay the use of mixed mortar.

Masonry materials shall be stored so that at the time of use the materials are clean and
structurally suitable for use.

11. Placement and Workmanship:

All horizontal and vertical joints shall be completely and solidly filled with mortar when
and as the blocks are laid. The thickness of joints shall not exceed 3/8 inch and the joints
shall be raked 1/2 inch deep when the mortar is still fresh so as to give proper bond to
the plaster.

Bricks shall be laid “frog” upward with mortar joints and in English and Flemish bond
as shown on the Drawings or as directed by the Engineer/Owner. Both bed and
vertical joints shall be 6 mm in thickness completely filled with cement mortar as specified
herein, and each brick shall be bedded by firmly tapping with the handle of the trowel.

All horizontal joints shall be parallel and all vertical joints in alternate courses shall be directly
over one another.

Excess mortar at the outer edges shall be removed and joints drawn straight with the
edge of a trowel.

At the completion of the work all holes or Defective mortar joints shall be cut out and

12. Pointing
The Joints of Brick masonry walls shall be given fine groove pointing by striking the joints
to external surfaces of the wall.

All joints shall be given finish with 1:3 cement sand mortar with a pointing tool or as
directed by Engineer/Owner.


At the completion of the work all holes and defective mortar joints shall be cut and
repainted. All exposed masonry shall be clean, smooth fine and shall be of acceptable

The exterior faces of the walls shall be finished by striking the joints as the work proceeds.
The joints shall be struck by raking the green mortar after the brick work has been laid
and finishing the joint with a pointing tool.

14. Curing & Repair:

All brick masonry shall be water cured and shall be kept wet for at least seven days by
an approved method which will keep all surfaces to be cured continuously wet.

Water used for curing shall meet the requirements of the specifications for water used in
the manufacture of bricks.


15.1 Brick:
No overall dimension of brick (width height and length) shall differ from the specified
standard dimension by more than 3 mm. Standard dimensions of brick are the
manufacturer's designated dimensions.

15.2 Brick Work

All brick work shall be erected plumb and true to line and level with maximum variation
in any story height or any length of wall being one mm in one meter. The maximum
tolerance in the length height or width or any single masonry unit shall be ± 3 mm.

16. Testing:
At least 10 bricks shall be selected or as desired by the Engineer/Owner/Owner’s
Representative from each lot of 50,000 bricks or parts thereof delivered to the site of
work, and tested at an approved laboratory in accordance with the provisions of ASTM
C67-78, for.

 Weight
 Size
 Water Absorption
 Modulus of rupture
 Compressive strength

17. Plaster Work:

All plaster work, both internal and external shall be ordinary Portland cement plaster of the
required thickness as shown on the drawings.


Plastering shall not commence until all electric conduits, drainage and sanitary pipes,
inlets to tanks, brackets, clamps, doors and window frames and all sorts of inserts and
embedded items are fixed in position. It shall be the responsibility of the civil supervisor
to make sure that all such work is carried out by other electrician/ plumber, before start
of plaster work.

Chiseling and repairing of cement plaster shall not be permitted without the approval of
the Owner’s Representative/Engineer.

18. Material:
Cement for plaster shall be Ordinary Portland cement (BS-12) as specified in drawings.

Sand for plaster shall comply with the requirements of BS-1199, as directed by the
Engineer/Owner. Potable water shall be used in the preparation of mortar for plastering.

Before Start of Plastering mesh shall be inserted/installed in joint between brick & Concrete

19. Proportioning and Mixing:

Measurement of material shall be by containers of known capacity to maintain consistent proportion.
No lumpy and cake material shall be used.

Mixing equipment boxes and tool shall be clean. Material shall be proportioned as specified on the
drawing. Mixing shall be continuous until all ingredients are evenly distributed and thoroughly mixed.

Only limited water shall be added for proper work ability and such quantity of material shall be
prepared which can be consumed in half hr. after preparation.

Retumpering shall not be permitted and all mortar which has begun to stiffen shall be discarded.

Plasters ingredient shall be through mixed either by hand on a clean cement concrete platform or by
in mechanical mixer.

20. Preparation of surface to be plastered:

Concrete surface to be plastered shall be cleaned to remove all grease from all oil and other surface

The surface of all concreter ceilings, bricks, columns shall be lightly hacked by approved means to give
the require key for plastering.

All surfaces shall be thoroughly sprayed with water and all free water allowed to disappear
before plaster is applied.

21. Application of Plaster:

If the plaster is more than 13mm thick, it shall be done in two coats. The surface of first
code shall be made rough, before surface of first coat is applied.

The plaster shall not have wavy surface and shall be perfectly in plumb.


The plaster surface shall be tested frequently with a 3 meter straight edge gazzaz and plumb

Plaster containing cracks, blisters, pits, discoloration or any defects hall not be acceptable.
Any such plasters shall be removed be replaced with plaster in conformity with
specification/ standards.

21.1 Curing of Plaster:

Each coat of plaster should be kept damp for the first seven days. Care must be taken
to prevent too rapid drying out during hot weather and in drying winds.

21.2 Uses of Plaster:

The type, mix and thickness of plaster for each location shall be as stated in the
Specification or as shown on the Drawings.

22. HSE Instructions:

 Bricks/plastering work shall be performed in accordance with relevant project HSE
instructions and HSE policy of company at all temporary and permanent site
 All efforts shall be made to keep the environment clean
 Material and equipment shall be maintained in an orderly manner and labored in
accordance with statutory requirements and use in safer manner.
 Beware from falling of bricks and plaster material during working.
 Proper PPE shall be followed during working time.