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How Our Construction Safety Device Was Invented

The Inventor

Worried about the possibilities of his co-workers becoming impaled by protruding concrete reinforcement bars, construction safety professional, Michael Carnicle developed the Carnie Cap System. Even though his contractors were using the then-accepted orange caps, injuries were still occurring. Working with input from his site superintendents, Mike came up with the idea to place the 2” x 4”s in two squared U-shaped brackets supported by a tube that would slip over and encase the rebar.

After discussing this concept with his superintendents, he was encouraged to pursue developing a working model. "It was the job superintendents who challenged me to take action," Mike emphasizes. It would take Mike two years to gain a patent and another nine months of testing in five Western states before he felt it was time to put his "Carnie Cap System" ("Carnie" is short for "Carnicle") on the market.

Today, the Carnie Cap System enables contractors to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standard 29, CFR 1926.701 (b), which requires protruding reinforcing steel be guarded to eliminate the possibility of impalement. The Carnie Cap System also meets the OSHA requirement of withstanding a 250-pound weight dropped from 7 1/2 feet without the rebar breaking through. Now the safe and simple technology Mike Carnicle developed for his own employer is now available for work sites throughout the country. For more information on how the Carnie Cap System works, click on the Product Information.

Corporate Philosophy


Falls are the number one cause of injury or death for workers in the construction industry. According to OSHA statistics, 61% of construction accidents were due directly to impalement from rebar. Here at Carnie Cap, Inc., we consider it our mission to help improve the safety culture which continues to grow in this risky business. We can’t stop accidents from happening, but we can and do offer what we believe to be the best impalement protection device on the market today.


*              INTEGRITY – Integrity is demonstrated through decisions which exhibit relationships based upon mutual respect and balance the interests of our customers and our company with an unwavering commitment to ethical behavior.

 *             QUALITY – It is our objective to deliver quality product to our customers. We consider it of the utmost importance that our products provide the best level of protection to keep workers safe on the jobsite. In addition to quality products, we provide outstanding customer service. We are personally available to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have about our products. We believe you should not be subjected to a robo-receptionist.

*              DEDICATION – We are dedicated to doing our best to exceed our customers’ expectations. We recognize the opportunity to serve you is a privilege. We are mindful and grateful for this every day.

Safety First

Carnie Cap, Inc.’s rebar cap system prevents impalement on jobsites. By Alan Dorich Now more than ever, construction sites are keeping a close eye on safety, particularly when it comes to falls. “The most frequent injuries and fatalities in construction are falls from a height,” Wendy Hunt says. “When they fall from a height on…

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