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| Standard Number:||1926.701; 1926.701(b)(1)|
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All protruding reinforcing steel, onto and into which employees could fall, shall be guarded to eliminate the hazard of impalement.For an employer to establish that compliance with this provision is infeasible, it must prove:
(1) the means of compliance prescribed by the applicable standard would have been infeasible under the circumstances in that (a) its implementation would have been technologically or economically infeasible, or (b) necessary work operations would be technologically or economically infeasible after its implementation, and (2) either (a) an alternative method of protection was used, or (b) there was no feasible alternative means of protection.1In addition, where an employer cannot fully comply with the literal terms of a standard, it must, nevertheless, comply to the extent that compliance is feasible.2
(1) The caps would be removed sequentially as the worker got to each rebar to make the tie. In other words, rather than removing all the caps at once, the cap would be removed only as the worker progressed to that particular piece of rebar; andScenario B: rebar mat prefabricated and hoisted into place
(2) In addition, access to the areas from which employees could trip or fall and be impaled on, unguarded rebar would be limited to only those employees needed to be there to perform this work.
(1) The caps for the affected rebar would not be removed until immediately before the prefabricated mat is to be installed.If you need additional information, please contact us by fax at: U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Directorate of Construction, Office of Construction Standards and Guidance, fax # 202-693-1689. You can also contact us by mail at the above office, Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, although there will be a delay in our receiving correspondence by mail.
(2) Access to the areas from which employees could trip or fall and be impaled on the unguarded rebar would be limited to only those employees needed to be there to perform the work of placing and tying the mat.
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