When an earthquake shakes unrestrained objects, they can slide, swing, overturn, or strike people or other objects. File cabinets, freestanding bookshelves, office equipment, and items stored on shelves or racks can all cause serious injuries by their movement during an earthquake.
Most injuries that occur during earthquakes are caused by the movement of the building’s contents, not by the movement of the building itself.
The Q-BRACE program provides guidance to campus departments to address non-structural seismic safety hazards.
These guidelines provide directions for proper restraint of common building contents in typical spaces on the UC Berkeley campus. The individual detail sheets below are designed to cover common contents in each kind of space, and the materials called for are generic supplies available in most hardware and building supply stores.