Today, we have gathered information for a critical discussion about the safety of our construction site. Our focus for the toolbox talk is the dangers of protruding rebars – a potential hazard that can pose severe risks on our construction sites.
Reinforcing concrete with rebar strengthens the concrete and significantly curtails the number of cracks in that concrete. This method is widely used in the construction industry. However, over the years, unguarded vertical rebars have proven to be potential killers on a site.
Steel fixers are not the only people exposed to the dangers of protruding rebars. Visitors and other contractors’ workers on site are equally exposed.
Dangers of Protruding Rebars
Why is it so dangerous?
Unguarded protruding steel reinforcing bars are hazardous. Even if you stumble onto an unguarded rebar, you can impale yourself, resulting in severe internal injuries or death. There are several ways to avoid rebar hazards.
Protecting workers from protruding rebars
- Provide and maintain suitable and adequate safe access to and egress from every place of work to avoid unnecessary admission to areas with protruding rebars.
- Provide and ensure the use of suitable working platforms (e.g., those with proper guard rails and toe-boards) to prevent accidental falls onto the protruding rebars.
- Ensure good housekeeping, sufficient lighting, and non-slippery floors on-site to prevent falling, tripping, or slipping of workers.
- safeguard all projecting vertical ends of rebars to eliminate any hazards to workers, e.g., provision of suitable rebar caps, which is the most common practice.
Rebar caps as a means of protection.
Rebar caps protect from injuries. Even though it’s small, it serves an essential purpose. These caps protect from injuries. Exposed rebar can mean scratches and minor injuries or worse if someone falls from above onto a piece that’s sticking up.
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