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Unstable pre-slung rebar bundles

Report ID: 565 Published: 1 April 2016 Region: CROSS-UK

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A contractor has issued a safety alert about pre-slung loads of rebar which has resulted in loads being out of balance when unloaded on site.

Key Learning Outcomes

For construction professionals:

  • Consider introducing a quality management procedure for the inspection of pre-slung rebar bundles to ensure they will be stable when unloaded

  • Regular toolbox talks are a good way of engaging with work crews and communicating any risks associated with work activities on site

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A contractor issued a safety alert about pre-slung loads of rebar. It appears to be mainly due to the way that the loads are slung which has resulted in loads being 'out of balance' when unloaded and bundles not being correctly chocked allowing bars to slip out of the load.

It was felt by the site team that this may be because the rebar is loaded in the works with forklift trucks. A couple of other concerns raised were damage to the fabric slings and reuse of single use slings (not a concern in the contractor’s case). The downside of not pre-slinging loads is that the slinger needs to get on the back of the wagon on site.

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