Rebar Safety

Rebar is used on almost every jobsite.  All protruding rebar is hazardous. Employees can fall on protruding rebar, creating major and even life-threatening injuries.

Rebar Hazards

Utilizing rebar on the job can cause the following tripping/impalement hazards when the following occurs:

  • Concrete formwork pins are protruding at low levels
  • Concrete footing rebar are protruding into walking spaces
  • Rebar is protruding from concrete foundation work
  • Rebar scraps are left lying about the jobsite

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Always wear gloves and eye protection when handling and tying rebar
  • Rebar is rusty. Flush cuts with water or peroxide, cover and see a physician
  • Tuck in shoestrings and pant legs to prevent hang-ups when walking through flatwork

Best Practices

  • All jobsite employees should be trained to recognize when rebar becomes a hazard.
  • Routinely pick up scrap rebar to prevent trip hazards.
  • When caps are not available, bend rebar over or cap with a 2x4 “L” to protect employees from injury.
  • When rebar is being hoisted “stay clear”.  Rebar can easily slip out of mats and cages.
  • Cover exposed rebar with the correct protective cap.
  • Cap all rebar that someone could fall on.

If a cap can be fitted on the exposed rebar, then cap it.  If you can fall on the rebar, then cap it.  If it fits in a cap, then cap it. (i.e. steel grade stakes)


Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • What to do if someone is impaled on rebar?
  • Should we cap rebar next to elevated heights?