Protruding steel bars are a common view at any construction site. When unguarded, however, they may invite workers to stumble into them, increasing workers’ chances of falls and impalement.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires protruded rebars to be bent. This way, the ends that may cause impalement are no longer exposed. The agency also requires the use of rebar caps to protect workers from impalement hazards. However, OSHA warns about the use of appropriate rebar caps to protect workers from impalement. Mushroom caps, for instance, have been proven to be only effective in protecting workers from abrasions, but were never designed to prevent impalement.
Unfortunately, employers sometimes fail to ensure that workers are protected from protruded bars that may cause injurious, sometimes even fatal impalement. If you have been involved in an injurious construction accident, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you assess if your circumstances qualify you for a claim. To speak with our legal team at Appleton, call us at (414) 271-0900 today.