NATURE OF WORK

  • What is the work plan/work method, and how is this communicated to all those involved in the excavator operations?

  • Has a site-specific and current hazard identification/control been conducted?

  • Have workers been trained on its content?

  • Have the key causes of harm identified?

  • Are the hazards identified?

  • Are the hazard controls outlined?

  • How are workers in the vicinity warned of machine operation?

  • Have underground utilities (water, sewer, gas, telecommunications) been identified, located and marked prior to excavation?

  • Have overhead utilities (power/phone lines) or obstacles been identified?

SITE SECURITY

  • Is the site externally secure? (e.g. fencing, barriers)

  • Is the site internally secure? (e.g. fencing, barriers)

  • Are there exclusion zones and/or a spotter around the mobile plant?

OPERATOR COMPETENCY

  • Operator competency?

ONBOARD DOCUMENTATION

  • Operator/manufacturer’s instructions

  • Log books

  • Pre start checks in line with the above

  • Proof of regular planned inspections

  • Operator instruction decals legible

  • Load lifting charts when used for load traversing

OPERATOR PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES (OPS)

  • ROPS - Roll Over Protective Structure

  • TOPS - Tip Over Protective Structure

  • FOPS - Falling Object Protective structure

  • COPS - Cabin Operator Protective Structure

  • Certified and fit for purpose (in the cab)

  • Used with seatbelts?

SLEW SAFETY ZONE

  • Is the continual movement of the machine increasing the danger of the slew zone managed?

BLIND SPOTS

  • Restricted operator views necessitate use of mirrors (if fitted) or spotter.

  • Are movement warning devices active? (Look for audible alarms, flashing lights.)

  • If a spotter is assigned to assist the operator are they aware of control measures and in constant communication?

EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES

  • Are quick hitches used correctly and locking pins used?

  • Are lifting eyes/hooks rated and loads lifted within the manufacturers instructions for range and height?

  • Are slings and lifting equipment rated and used correctly?

GENERAL CONDITION OF EXCAVATOR

  • Are hoses and rams free from any excessive leaks?

  • Controls return to neutral when released and operation ceases (can indicate incorrect hydraulic oil pressure)

  • Boom parts and digger attachments show no signs of excessive wear or deformation

  • Safe operator access and egress in and around excavator?

The templates available in our Public Library have been created by our customers and employees to help get you started using SafetyCulture's solutions. The templates are intended to be used as hypothetical examples only and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice. You should seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of a template is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction. Any ratings or scores displayed in our Public Library have not been verified by SafetyCulture for accuracy. Users of our platform may provide a rating or score that is incorrect or misleading. You should independently determine whether the template is suitable for your circumstances. You can use our Public Library to search based on criteria such as industry and subject matter. Search results are based on their relevance to your search and other criteria. We may feature checklists based on subject matters we think may be of interest to our customers.