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Occupational Safety and Health Administration


RIN: 1218-AC51

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Reinforcing and Post-Tensioned Steel Construction

Abstract: Current rules regarding reinforcing steel and post-tensioning activities do not adequately address worker hazards in work related to post-tensioning and reinforcing steel. Both are techniques for reinforcing concrete and are generally used in commercial and industrial construction. OSHA currently has few rules which address the steel reinforcing and post-tensioning fields directly. The few rules that do exist are found in Subpart Q Concrete and Masonry Construction of 29 CFR 1926. The use of reinforced steel and post-tensioned poured in place concrete in commercial and industrial construction is expected to rise. Without adequate standards, the rate of accidents will likely rise as well. Currently, workers performing steel reinforcing suffer injuries caused by unsafe material handling, structural collapse, and impalement by protruding reinforcing steel dowels, among others. Employees involved in post-tensioning activities are at risk for accidents caused by the misuse of post-tensioning equipment and improper training. OSHA IMIS data shows that more than 100 workers have died while performing work on or near post-tensioning operations or reinforcing steel over the past 10 years and preliminary research indicates that several hundred more workers are injured each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking public comment on Post-tensioning and Reinforcing Steel from professionals who work in the post-tensioning and reinforcing steel field and will consider rulemaking to prevent worker deaths and injuries related to these operations. By requesting information from professionals who work in the reinforcing steel and post-tensioning fields and other members of the public, OSHA hopes to determine whether a new rule is necessary, and, if so, what hazards need to be addressed.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage

Major: Undetermined

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)

Legal Deadline: None




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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Agency Contact:
Bill Parsons
Acting Director, Directorate of Construction
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3468,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2020
Fax:202 693-1689