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.
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
- 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)
- 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?