Fatal Accident following a fall onto unprotected rebar NOTE: Information received externally from Gammon and Balbour Beatty What Happened? A carpenter working at the Cathay Cargo project slipped from a 600mm high ledge and fell backwards on to rebar. The rebar punctured the deceased in his lower back. He was assisted to a safe place by a colleague, the site nurse administered first aid and an ambulance was called. He was taken to hospital but on arrival his condition deteriorated and he died.
Safety Bulletin No. RF-LFI-ALL-013 FOR ISSUE TO ALL SSE SHE ALERT EXTERNAL Fatal Accident following a fall onto unprotected rebarNOTE: Information received externally from Gammon and Balbour BeattyWhat Happened?A carpenter working at the Cathay Cargo project slipped from a 600mm high ledge and fell backwardson to rebar. The rebar punctured the deceased in his lower back. He was assisted to a safe place by acolleague, the site nurse administered first aid and an ambulance was called. He was taken to hospitalbut on arrival his condition deteriorated and he died.Please refer to the attached documents for more information.Action required –All project managers are to ensure that: This SHE Alert is communicated to all our internal staff and shared with all our contractors to allow them to communicate the information to their business and sub contractors. Ensure all risk assessment and method statements referring to works involving rebar are reviewed in line with the alerts attached. Ensure that we monitor all works involving rebar to check that the controls and arrangements remain adequate.Issued by: T ony Stafford, SHE T eam Date of issue: 04:11:2011
15204 – Cathay Pacific Air CargoFatal Accident – 23 September 2011, 16:30Cathay Pacific Air CargoPreliminary findings:At 16:30 on Friday the 23 September a carpenter working at the Cathay Cargo project slipped from a600mm high ledge and fell backwards on to rebar. The rebar punctured the deceased in his lowerback. He was assisted to a safe place by a colleague and the site nurse administered first aid and anambulance was called. He was taken to hospital and on arrival his condition deteriorated and hedied at 18:50.The deceased has been working on the project for six months and at the time had been strikingtimber from the inside face of a wall planter. He is 59 and married with two children aged 15 and 18.A full investigation is underway and a review with the Civils Projects Managers has been held thismorning. General scene Scene straight onT ony SmallHead of HSEQ Simulation immediately after showing where the Deceased stood
ISSUE 01/2011, OCTOBER 11TH 2011Protecting Employees from installed Reinforcement Steel (rebar)Several hazards exist with installed rebar prior to concrete being poured. Rebar with exposed ends has: 1. The potential for cuts, scratches and bruises while passing near to rebar 2. The potential for impalement if falling onto exposed rebarBased on a risk assessment of each individual area the following controlsmust be implemented: 1. Design and Planning must recognise the hazard presented by rebar and eliminate/minimise the risk during these early project stages – for example pre-bend rebar, deliver as a completed module, minimise exposed rebar ends 2. Any fall onto rebar (covered or uncovered) should be prevented, irrespective of rebar protection implemented 3. Where impalement is a possibility the rebar must be isolated or capped with a combination of the following: a. Isolate the rebar by barricading the immediate area from entry or preventing the possibility of a fall onto the rebar b. Complete stirrups or “u-frames” soon after starter bars are installed c. Use external covers strong enough to resist a fall (eg timber boxing, scaffold) d. Cover exposed rebar with fall-resistant (reinforced) caps or a cap/timber combination (see below) 4. Where protection is required only from scratches and cuts use conventional rebar caps.Rebar caps perform several functions: 1. Some, but not all, protect against impalement. See below 2. They protect against cuts and scratches for people passing at the same level 3. They draw attention an area of riskIMPORTANT: Many proprietary rebar caps are not rated to protect when struck by a falling person. If protection isrequired against impalement and caps are selected as the method of protection they must be rated accordingly.The applicable OSHA standard is the relevant reference – link below.Information from OSHA on protruding rebarsInformation from OSHA on mushroom-style plastic rebar coversInformation from the US Department of Labor on the efficacy of mushroom-style plastic rebar coversResearch from an Australian Regulator showing that some rebar caps do not prevent impalementAdvice and guidance from California, USA on the need for adequate protection from rebarCarnie Cap system which will withstand a 250-pound weight dropped from 10ft without the rebar protrudingInternal Balfour Beatty RCE best practice documentPAGE 1
Good Practice examples of protecting employees from rebarPAGE 2