SP05 Starter Bars

Purpose/Scope:

Unprotected starter bars have a history of injuring or killing persons on construction sites. Several injuries occur every year as a result of walking into, tripping and falling onto unprotected starter bars. The recommended method of reducing the risks associated with starter bars is to crank the top of the starter bar so that the top end points downwards. These bars should be ordered and delivered to site pre-cranked wherever practicable when it is known that the bars will present a hazard once in place.

Where this method of reducing the risks is not practical, the following methods could be applied in particular situations:

  • protecting with timber or similar material to reduce the likelihood of serious injury if a person falls onto the starter bar,
  • protecting with suitable purpose-made caps designed to prevent or reduce injuries if a person falls onto starter bar, or
  • erection of barricades to form a barrier between persons and the exposed bars.

It is important to assess the potential risk created by such protrusions and to implement a suitable standard of protection, in order to eliminate or reduce the risk.

Procedures:

Silverback and subcontracted personnel are to comply with the relevant provisions of the following procedural requirements and references. The typical hazards addressed by this procedure include:

Hazards Risk (Potential)
  • Trips & falls
  • Protrusion hazard
High
  1. Subcontractors are to purchase cranked starter bars wherever practicable for use on site.
  2. Where the purchase of cranked starter bars are not possible, subcontractors involved in reinforcing are to ensure proprietary systems are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Regular site inspections are to be undertaken to ensure all starter bars are protected.

References:

QLD Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, Sections 22 & 28-31

Responsibility:

(Items 1, 3 & to monitor compliance with this procedure) – Construction Supervisor

(Items 1-3) – Subcontractors

Documentation:

• No specific records to be maintained by Silverback

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