Management Responsibilities

  • Has the worksite been inspected previously?

  • Have previous inspection items been auctioned?

  • Is there a safety management plan for this job?

  • Have subcontractors provided Risk Assessment / Job Safety Analysis (JSA) before commencing activities?

  • Is there safe access / egress to and from the site?


  • Work area clean and tidy (adequate rubbish disposal facilities)?

  • Leads not lying on or draped over walkways or mobile plant access ways?

  • Access ways clear of debris, obstructions and trip hazards?

  • Equipment / material stored safely?

  • Hazardous locations / penetrations covered, sign posted and appropriately fenced?

  • Are all signs on site unobstructed, clean and legible?


  • Portable electrical equipment and leads inspected and show current tags?

  • Electrical leads supported above the ground with hooks or stands?

  • Temporary power boards are weatherproof?

  • Electrical testing register maintained on site?

  • Electrical equipment in good condition (no frayed leads, damaged plugs/connections/leads?

  • Are residual current devices / earth leakage protection systems used for all electrical connections, checked and operational?

  • Are personnel undertaking electrical work appropriately trained and qualified?

  • Are isolations completed (lock-out procedures / permits to work in place?

  • Are fiberglass or aluminum ladders used rather than metal ladders?

Mobile Plant and Equipment

  • Plant and equipment is in good working condition?

  • Are roll over protective systems on all earth moving equipment?

  • Where applicable are reverse and visual alarm operating and audible?

  • Are elevated work platforms (EWP) and crane logbooks kept on the mobile plant?

  • Daily inspections completed and recorded?

  • Do only trained and licensed operators operate mobile plant and equipment?

  • Are riggers and dogmen certified and recorded and used for crane operation?

  • Are mobile plant and equipment used on firm level ground?

  • Are all combustible type engines only operated outdoors or with extra ventilation (eg portable welders, generators)?

  • Safe work limit of lifting or carrying equipment displayed, tested and recorded kept?

  • Mobile plant keys removed and kept secure?


  • Is machinery clean and free from excess oil and grease?

  • Is machinery guarding in place and operational?

  • Are warning signs or instructions displayed?

  • Are emergency stops clearly identifiable?

Hazardous Substances

  • Are Safety Data Sheets available for all hazardous substances?

  • Is a chemical / hazardous substance register kept on site and complete?

  • Are site personnel aware of and understand SDSs?

  • Is signage erected at storage areas?

  • Are containers labeled and stored appropriately?

  • Are chemical storage areas provided with appropriate containment areas (bunds and spill kits)?

  • Required PPE supplied when using hazardous materials (as specified by SDS)?

  • Emergency / first aid equipment available (showers, eye baths)?

  • Ventilation / exhaust systems installed where necessary?

Hot Work (includes oxy - acetylene cutting and welding)

  • Are personnel trained and competent?

  • Are hot work permits used, signed by supervisors and kept on site?

  • Are bottles secured in an upright position?

  • Fire fighting equipment is located in work area?

  • Are flash back arrestors fitted to both the hand piece and at the bottles?

  • Correct PPE used as per SWMS or Job Safety Analysis?

  • Are welding equipment, hoses and fittings in good condition?

  • Are screens erected and ventilation provided?

Excavation and Trenching

  • Are excavation permits used, signed by supervisors and kept on site?

  • Are new and existing services identified on site and controls implemented to prevent accidental contact?

  • Shoring in place and in sound condition for all trenches more than 1.5m?

  • Is air quality testing carried out for identification of toxic gases?

  • Is signage and barricading installed effectively?

  • Are excavations battered or benched to prevent collapse?

  • Has spoil materials and equipment been stored away from excavation edges?

  • Are dust control measures in place?

  • Are there seperate access and egress points from excavations?

Working at Height

  • Are working at height permits used, signed by supervisors and kept on site?

  • Are personnel trained in working at height?

  • Is safe access and egress provided?

  • Are harnesses inspected and inspection records kept?

  • Are emergency protocols developed for retrieval of a fallen injured person?

  • Are anchor points assessed by a person qualified engineer / competent person?

  • Are barriers, barricades and signs erected to delineate restricted access?

  • Are controls in place to minimise the risk of objects falling from height?

Stairs, Steps and Landings

  • No worn or broken steps, rungs or styles?

  • Handrails in good repair?

  • Non-slip treatments / treads in good condition?

  • Kick plates where required?


  • Are ladders in good condition?

  • Are ladders secured?

  • 4:1 Pitch and extended 1 meter above top landing?


  • Are standards on solid foundations with adequate soul plates?

  • Is there adequate branching and bracing in all directions?

  • Are scaffolds complete, ladders, handrails, kickboards, ties, brackets mesh, hop ups?

  • Are there access to and from all working platforms?

  • Are ladders of an industrial grade?

  • Are ladders secured top and bottom and exceeding platform 1 meter at a 4:1 pitch?

  • Are scaffold boards secured to prevent uplift from winds?

  • Is sign off received for completed scaffolding (scaffolds tagged with a Scaff tag system or similar)?

  • Are signs or barriers erected for incomplete scaffolds?

  • Are scaffolds regularly inspected and records kept of details?

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

  • Is mandatory and job specific PPE worn, suitable for task and in good condition?

  • Is PPE readily available?

  • Are regular maintenance checks performed on PPE?

  • Are employees appropriately trained in the use of PPE?

  • Are facilities provided for the maintenance and storage of PPE?

  • Are signs displayed to identify the required PPE?

Confined Spaces

  • Has a risk assessment been undertaken to a) determine if necessary to enter the confined space and b) determine the control measures?

  • Are personnel trained and certified to work in confined spaces?

  • Are confined space entry permits used, signed by supervisors and kept on site?

  • Is a adequate communication system utilised?

  • Is there a need for gas monitoring?

  • Are emergency procedures developed (including rescue plan and equipment)?

  • Is safety equipment in good woking condition?

  • All confined spaces identified and appropriately signposted?

Traffic Management

  • Has a traffic management plan been developed and implemented?

  • Are all road work signs and devices erected in accordance with the plan?

  • Are safety barriers installed to segregate pedestrians?

  • Are traffic controllers trained and qualifications sighted?

Lasers and non-destructive testing equipment

  • Are operators trained and qualified?

  • Is signage displayed to identify equipment?

Public Protection

  • Is access to the site controlled and unauthorised entry restricted?

  • Is a boundary fence / barricades in place and stable in all sections?

  • Is site signage displayed?

  • Are dust and noise controls in place?


  • Are amenities hygienic and tidy (washroom, toilet, lockers, meal rooms)?

  • Are there notice boards in crib areas?

  • Is there cool clean drinking water available at appropriate locations?

First Aid

  • Are personnel aware of the first aid kit location and is it clearly identified?

  • Is there a first aid kit located on site and adequately stocked?

  • Is there an adequate number of personnel trained in first aid?

  • Are records of treatment and supplies dispensed completed?


  • Is there adequate access and work activity lighting?

Emergency Response and Fire Control

  • Fire extinguishers in place service / tagged and appropriate to the hazards?

  • Are emergency response procedures developed and issued?

  • Are emergency response personnel identified and trained in site emergency procedures?

  • Is emergency evacuation information correct, prominently displayed and included in the induction process?

  • Does the site have an emergency siren and equipment?

  • Have trial evacuations been conducted?

Training and Consultation

  • Is there a site induction?

  • Are training records, certificates of competency and induction records maintained on site?

  • Do supervisors conduct regular pre-work briefs?

  • Are site personnel kept informed on hazards, incidents and committee meeting minutes at pre-work briefs?

  • Do supervisors carry out risk assessments and incident reports?

  • Is there a health and safety committee established on site and meetings held regularly?

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