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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC51 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Reinforced Concrete in 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 indicates that 31 workers died while performing work on or near post-tensioning operations or reinforcing steel between 2000 and 2009. 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: Previously 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
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  06/00/2011    
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:
Ben Bare
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