Construction sites are teeming with countless sources of risk and injury at any given time of the day. If the right safety measures are not exercised, the results could be devastating. Among these many hazardous elements of a building site, rebars which are constantly moving around, stacked up or planted firmly on a concrete floor are bound to be the cause of at least one in ten injuries to the workers. Mentioned below are a few rebar safety tips for those who handle them regularly to keep yourself safe from danger.
Fall Prevention Equipment
When workers are performing their jobs at elevated positions, there is always the risk of injury from an unfortunate fall. But the situation becomes way worse if they fall into an area of exposed rebars from above and impale themselves, which will cause either a very serious injury or even death. This ever-present danger must be mitigated by the employment of the proper safety equipment to prevent employees from falling off such elevated positions. While guardrails, harnesses, and anchors are commonly used for this purpose, you can also set up safety nets over dangerously exposed surfaces to further increase the level of protection.
Use Safety Caps
These caps are not for the heads of the workers, but for the sharp ended ends of the sturdy steel bars that can cause all sorts of injuries from a simple scrape to more serious impalement. One of the simplest ways to prevent these hazards is by using safety caps to cover the ends of the bars to make the handling a lot less life-threatening. These nifty little mushroom-shaped parts will cover the sharp ends and enable workers to carry, stack or feed the bars into the rebar bender without injuring themselves.
Stack With Care
Since quite high volumes of these metal rods are used at construction sites on a daily basis, it is advisable to give the proper level of care and attention to storing them. Try to store the bundles of rods horizontally along the floor as much as possible. The area of storage must be known to all those who work at the location and it must be clearly demarcated with the help of signage. The materials used for securing the bundles of rods together must be strong enough to hold everything together for as long as required. Further, these materials must be resistant to weather conditions (sun or the rain).
Wear Safety Goggles, Gloves, And Footwear
In addition to the above-mentioned dangers, the bending and cutting of metal bars can be risky work as there is always the possibility of accidents and dislocation of objects. Protective goggles must be work at all times to prevent any metals particles flying at high speed from injuring your eyes. These goggles must be made available in the area assigned for rebar cutting and bending so that the workers will always come across them. Thick gloves designed specifically for handling such heavy machinery must be worn along with hard footwear that will protect the feet from any heavy objects that might fall on them.