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Am I in Danger?

  • Unguarded protruding steel reinforcing bars are hazardous. Even if you just stumble onto an unguarded rebar you can impale yourself, resulting in serious internal injuries or death.

How do I Avoid Hazards?

  • Guard all protruding ends of steel rebar with rebar caps or wooden troughs, or

  • Bend rebar so exposed ends are no longer upright

When employees are working at any height above exposed rebar, fall protection/prevention is the first line of defense against impalement. BUT YOU MUST STILL HAVE THE REBAR GUARDED


Rebar Caps

  • The OSHA Standard requires that rebar "be guarded to eliminate the hazard of impalement."  NOT ALL GUARDS PROVIDE THAT LEVEL POF PROTECTION. In some circumstances, the force of a fall can cause rebar to push cleat through a plastic cap and still impale a worker, or the worker can be impaled by the rebar and the cap together.

Accident Details

  • While standing on a rebar column he is in the process of plumbing, a worker in a full body harness attempts to hook his positioning lanyards onto a location over his head.
  • The positioning device's hook slips, and the worker falls approximately 8 feet to the footings below, where he is impales through the groin on a protruding rebar.
  • Though the rebar is capped, the force of the worker's fall pushes the cap clear to the ground, and bends the rebar nearly 45 degrees.
  • This is an example of the rebar caps use at this site. Because it was not steel reinforces, it was insufficient to provide protection on a fall from elevation.
  • An employee passing by the accident site gives perspective to the height involved. The victim was only standing approximately at the top of the image, yet the force of his fall bent the rebar like a coat hanger. Luckily, he was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital and survived his injuries.

SAFETY REMINDER - ALL EMPLOYEES MUST BE PROTECTED FROM THE HAZARDS OF IMPALEMENT OR CURS AND SCRAPES FROM REBAR










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