Construction Safety Inspection Checklist

Use the Construction Site Safety Inspection Checklist to assess and ensure compliance with safety standards on construction sites, enhancing workplace safety.​

Construction Safety Inspection Checklist



Handling And Storage Of Materials

1. Are materials properly stored or stacked?


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2. Are shelves, racks, and overhead storage load-rated?


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3. Are passageways clear?


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4. Are there sufficient employees to do the job?


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5. Are employees lifting materials correctly?


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6. Are materials protected from weather?


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7. Are employees protected from falling into hoppers and bins?


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8. Is dust protection used?


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9. Is the correct type of fire extinguisher(s) and other fire protection available?


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10. Is traffic controlled through the storage area?


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11. Is rigging inspected prior to use?


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12. Is a competent person responsible for materials storage and handling?


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Hazard Communication

1. Is there a written program?


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2. Are employees trained?


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3. Are safety data sheets on file and readily available?


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4. Are control and disposal measure(s) established?


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5. Are material(s) properly stored and labeled?


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6. Is a log of all chemicals on site available?


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7. Are labels legible?


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Demolition

1. Is an engineering survey provided in writing?


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2. Are chutes provided for disposing of material above 20 feet high?


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3. Does documentation show operations planned ahead?


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4. Is the shoring of adjacent structures complete?


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5. Are utilities shut off?


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6. Are hazardous materials or chemicals removed from any pipes, tanks, or equipment?


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Fire Prevention

1. Are an adequate number and types of fire extinguisher(s) available?


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2. Is fire prevention/extinguisher training performed?


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3. Are inspections of fire extinguishers performed periodically?


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4. Is the telephone number of the fire department posted?


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5. Are fire extinguisher(s) provided on appropriate equipment?


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6. Are flammable liquids stored in approved containers and correctly labeled?


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7. Are flammable liquids properly stored?


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8. Is a fire alarm available?


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9. Is a fire evacuation plan established?


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10. Are fuel supplies protected from accidental impact?


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11. Is fire training given to appropriate personnel?


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12. Is equipment shut down prior to refueling?


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13. Is equipment properly grounded to fuel trucks before refueling?


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14. Are no-smoking signs posted and enforced?


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15. Are hydrants clear and access to public thoroughfare open?


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Blasting

1. Are contractor qualifications and credentials checked?


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2. Is explosive inventory complete and accounted for at all times?


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3. Are stray electrical currents checked?


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4. Are blasting mats used when required?


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5. Are all signs, warning signals, and protective equipment in place?


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6. Are non-essential personnel removed from the area?


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7. Are radio transmissions limited?


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8. Are procedures for handling misfires in place?


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9. Are explosives properly stored?


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10. Is black powder prohibited?


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11. Are experienced and trained personnel handling explosives?


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12. Are detonators tested before each shot?


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13. Is an area inspection completed after each shot?


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14. Is proper disposal of wrappings, waste, and scrap completed after each shot?


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15. Are operations suspended during electrical storms or when lightning is within 10 miles?


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16. Are explosives and related materials properly stored?


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17. Are all blasting operations conducted between sunup and sundown?


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Flammable Liquids And Materials

1. Are empty containers removed?


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2. Are only approved containers being used?


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3. Are containers stored in approved and appropriate area(s)?


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4. Is outside storage bermed for containment?


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5. Are storage tanks properly grounded and bonded, and is pressure relief provided?


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6. Are cylinders stored or secured in an upright position?


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Welding And Cutting

1. Are all welding and cutting operators qualified?


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2. Are screens and shields in place?


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3. Is oxygen and acetylene stored properly?


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4. Are bottles not in use secured with caps in place?


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5. Is proper eye protection and PPE used?


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6. Are fire extinguisher(s) located near operations?


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7. Is a “hot work” permit completed and posted in areas requiring a permit?


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8. Are valves shut off and regulators backed off each night?


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9. Are flashback arresters placed on hoses (O2 and fuel gas)?


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10. Is electrical equipment grounded?


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11. Is the area inspected for fire hazards?


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12. Are gas lines and power cables protected and in good condition?


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13. Is proper ventilation ensured?


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14. Is there a welding permit program?


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Electrical

1. Do electrical devices have a current inspection and coding?


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2. Is electrical equipment properly maintained?


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3. Is equipment properly grounded?


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4. Is an assured equipment grounding program established?


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5. Are ground fault circuit interrupters used and tested where required?


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6. Are fuses provided?


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7. Are electrical dangers posted?


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8. Are proper fire extinguisher(s) provided?


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9. Are terminal boxes equipped with required covers, and is the cover used?


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10. Are circuits labeled in terminal boxes?


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Steel Erection

1. Are holes, trenches, and cuts more than 5 feet deep shored and sloped, or are trench boxes used?


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2. Are operations supervised by a competent person?


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3. Are soil banks at least 2 feet from the edges of the cut?


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4. Are ladders placed to ensure no more than 25 feet of lateral travel by the worker?


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5. Are ladders properly secured?


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6. Are adjacent structures properly shored?


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7. Is shoring and sheathing correct for soil and depth?


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8. Are roads and sidewalks supported and protected?


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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

1. Have hazard evaluations been performed and certified?


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2. Is protective equipment adequate for exposure?


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3. Are employees issued PPE where needed?


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4. Is PPE being used?


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5. Are employees trained in the use of PPE?


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6. Are inspections being conducted before and after the use of PPE?


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7. Is adequate maintenance and sanitary storage available and used?


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8. Is adequate fall protection provided?


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9. Is eye protection available?


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10. Is face protection (glasses, goggles, shields) available?


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11. Is hearing protection available?


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12. Are respirators and masks provided?


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13. Are respirators used to protect against harmful dust, asbestos, sandblasting, and welding (lead, paint, and galvanized zinc or cadmium)?


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14. Is head protection available?


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15. Is hand and foot protection available?


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16. Are physical exams performed as required?


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Hand Tools

1. Are proper tool(s) used for the job?


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2. Are handles free of cracks and properly attached to tools?


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3. Are inspections and proper maintenance performed prior to use?


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4. Are tools neatly stored and safely carried?


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Concrete Construction

1. Are holes, trenches, and cuts more than 5 feet deep shored and sloped, or are trench boxes used?


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2. Are operations supervised by a competent person?


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3. Are soil banks at least 2 feet from the edges of the cut?


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4. Are ladders placed to ensure no more than 25 feet of lateral travel by the worker?


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5. Are ladders properly secured?


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6. Are adjacent structures properly shored?


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7. Is shoring and sheathing correct for soil and depth?


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Power Tools

1. Is proper housekeeping conducted where tools are used?


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2. Are inspections and proper maintenance of tools performed?


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3. Are tools grounded properly or double-insulated?


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4. Are tool guards in place and used correctly?


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5. Are damaged or malfunctioning tools tagged out until repaired or replaced?


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6. Are tools in compliance with local laws and ordinances?


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7. Are all operators qualified?


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8. Are tools protected from unauthorized use?


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9. Is competent instruction and supervision provided?


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10. Are cords included in the electrical inspection?


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Masonry

1. Is proper scaffolding provided?


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2. Are masonry saws properly equipped, and is dust protection provided?


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3. Is safe hoisting equipment used?


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4. Are limited-access zones established as required?


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Ladders

1. Are ladders inspected and in good condition?


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2. Are ladders used properly?


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3. Are ladders secured to prevent slipping, sliding, or falling?


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4. Do side rails extend 36 inches above the top of the landing?


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5. Are any ladders spliced?


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6. Are rungs or cleats not over 12 inches at center?


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7. Are ladders properly maintained and stored?


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8. Are any ladders painted?


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9. Is fall protection provided for fixed ladders in excess of 20 feet long?


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10. Are aluminum ladders of sufficient strength for the task?


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Highway Construction

1. Are competent flag workers properly dressed, trained, and posted?


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2. Are adequate warning signs and markers used?


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3. Is equipment not blocking the right of way?


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4. Is traffic control used through the construction site?


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5. Are detours adequately marked and maintained?


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6. Is dust control used?


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7. Is adequate lighting provided?


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8. Are barricades erected with correct directional stripes?


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Scaffolds

1. Is erecting the scaffold properly supervised?


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2. Are all structural members free from defects, and do they meet safety factors?


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3. Are all scaffold connections secured?


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4. Are scaffolds erected on solid footing?


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5. Is the scaffold tied to the structure?


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6. Are working areas free of dirt, debris, snow, ice, and grease?


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7. Are employees protected from falling objects?


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8. Is the scaffold plumb and square, with cross-bracing?


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9. Are guard rails, intermediate rails, and toeboards in place?


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10. Are ropes and cables in good condition?


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11. Is fall protection available and in use?


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Asbestos

1. Is a stop-work procedure established for the unexpected presence of asbestos?


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2. Has the owner been notified if asbestos is present?


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3. Has the area been secured?


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Excavation And Shoring

1. Are holes, trenches, and cuts more than 5 feet deep shored, benched, and sloped, or are trench boxes used?


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2. Are operations supervised by a competent person?


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3. Are spoil banks at least 2 feet from the edges of the cut?


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4. Are ladders placed to ensure no more than 25 feet of lateral travel by the worker?


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5. Are ladders properly secured?


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6. Are adjacent structures properly shored?


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7. Is shoring and sheathing correct for soil and depth?


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8. Are roads and sidewalks supported and protected?


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9. Is excavation barricaded and lighting provided?


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10. Are equipment ramps adequate?


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11. Have underground utility installations been identified?


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12. Are registered professional engineer designs or approvals performed?


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13. Are confined-space entry permit required plans established?


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14. Are daily inspections completed by a competent person?


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Work Permits

1. Are safe work permit procedures followed?


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2. Are hot work permit procedures followed?


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3. Are excavation permit procedures followed?


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4. Are procedures for control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) being used?


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5. Are confined space entry permit procedures followed?


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6. Are emergency rescue plans established and available?


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Tunneling

1. Have hazard evaluations been performed and certified?


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2. Is protective equipment adequate for exposure?


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3. Are employees issued PPE where needed?


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4. Is PPE being used?


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5. Are employees trained in the use of PPE?


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6. Are inspections being conducted before and after the use of PPE?


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Construction Area - Secured Access Or After Hours

1. Are warning signs in place?


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2. Are open ditches protected?


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3. Are drop-offs protected?


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4. Are ladders lowered?


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5. Are hazard lights used?


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6. Is equipment secured?


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7. Are utility ditches flagged or barricaded?


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Hoists, Cranes, And Derricks

1. Are annual inspections completed?


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2. Have operators been properly tested, and are their physical exams current?


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3. Are daily inspections completed by operators?


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4. Are outriggers used?


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5. Are power lines deactivated or removed, or are warning signs posted with at least 10 feet of clearance from overhead power lines (for voltages 50,000 volts or below)?


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6. Are hoists designed by a competent professional engineer?


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7. Is proper loading for capacity at the lifting radius?


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8. Is equipment operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions?


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9. Does a competent person inspect the crane?


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10. Is equipment properly lubricated and maintained?


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11. Is load testing accomplished?


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12. Are signal workers placed where needed?


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13. Are alarms working and audible?


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Heavy Equipment

1. Is regular inspection and maintenance performed?


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2. Are seat belts provided and used in equipment with a rollover protection structure?


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3. Are backup alarms working and audible?


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4. Is a slow-moving vehicle emblem attached to the rear of equipment operating at less than 25 mph?


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5. Are employees riding equipment with proper seating?


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6. Are lights, brakes, and warning signals operative?


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7. Are wheels chocked when necessary?


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8. Are haul roads well maintained and laid out properly?


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9. Is equipment properly secured when not in use?


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10. Are noise arresters used?


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11. Are spark arresters used as necessary?


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Motor Vehicles

1. Are motor vehicles regularly inspected and maintained?


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2. Are motor vehicle operators qualified?


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3. Are local and state laws observed?


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4. Are vehicles’ brakes, lights, and warning devices operative?


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5. Are weight limits and load stress controlled?


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6. Are personnel carried in the correct manner?


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7. Is all vehicle glass in good condition?


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8. Are backup signals provided?


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9. Are fire extinguisher(s) installed?


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10. Are seat belts worn?


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11. Are tie-down straps or chains regularly inspected?


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12. Are all vehicles checked at the beginning and end of each shift?


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Garages And Repair Shops

1. Are fire hazards controlled?


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2. Are oily rag containers used and emptied daily?


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3. Is good housekeeping performed?


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4. Is adequate lighting provided?


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5. Is adequate ventilation provided?


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6. Are fuels and lubricants in proper containers?


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7. Are fire extinguisher(s) provided, and with the proper type and rating?


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8. Are ample absorbent materials available and in use?


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Jobsite (General)

1. Are posters and safety signs or warnings in place?


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2. Are safety meetings held periodically?


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3. Is a first-aid kit available and adequately stocked?


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4. Has job-related safety training been completed?


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5. Has an accident reporting procedure been established?


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6. Is a substance abuse policy in place?


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7. Are injury records kept?


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8. Are emergency telephone numbers posted?


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9. Are traffic routes identified?


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10. Are there procedures to handle hazardous waste?


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Barricades

1. Are floor openings planked over or barricaded?


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2. Are roadways and sidewalks protected?


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3. Is adequate lighting provided?


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4. Are barricades or covers installed over shafts, wall openings, stairways, stairwells, trenches, and outriggers?


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Housekeeping And Sanitation

1. Are work area(s) generally neat and clean?


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2. Are waste and trash regularly disposed of?


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3. Are passageways and walkways clear?


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4. Is the work area well-lighted?


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5. Are waste containers provided and used?


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6. Are sanitary facilities adequate and clean?


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7. Is there an adequate potable water supply?


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8. Are there adequate drinking cups?


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9. Have nails, boards, and debris been removed?


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10. Are eye-flushing facilities available?


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11. Are emergency showers available?


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