Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a "Request for Information" seeking input on prevention of injuries and deaths in the course of reinforcing concrete activities and vehicle backovers. New Yorkers seeking to comment must do so by June 27, 2012 and may do so via the internet, mail or facsimile.
According to an OSHA news release, workers in the concrete industry regularly use reinforcing methods to make concrete stronger. These activities are dangerous, and construction workers may be injured by collapsed walls, slip and fall accidents, or face possible impalement by various objects used in the process of reinforcement.
Based on information collected by OSHA, 30 workers died while reinforcing concrete between 2000 and 2009. In 2010, several stakeholders, including the Concrete Steel Reinforcing Institute, the Western Steele Council and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers brought the issue to OSHA's attention by filing a petition and requesting federal action.
Another threat to construction workers is the possibility of being backed over by a vehicle or getting caught between a vehicle that is backing up and another object, like a loading dock or other immobile structure. This type of accident affects construction workers as well as workers in agriculture, the maritime industry and general industries.