General Operation on Site

General Information on Site.

  • General Description of Current Work in Progress.

  • Current Weather Conditions. Min & Max Temperatures.

  • Number of Persons reported on site, weekly average.

Management Controls

Management Controls [ALL SITES]

  • Safety Management Controls to Be reviewed in this inspection

  • Where applicable check that a signed copy of Form 10 has been sent to the local HSE office and that a copy is displayed on site.

  • Check employers and public liability insurance certificates are valid and on display.

  • Have appropriate signs/notices been erected prominently around the site i.e. mandatory use of PPE, Incomplete Scaffolds, No Smoking, Traffic Management, Fire assembly, First Aid Points etc. in canteen and site notice boards etc.

  • Has a project news letter been developed and issued to surrounding properties

  • Is an Accident Book (which complies with the Data Protection Act) is provided on site and is available to all personnel

  • Are checks being made to ensure adequate supervision is provided for all activities on the site paying particular attention to work activities as undertaken by young persons and/or those which are high risk activities.

  • Measures are taken to ensure that all persons are familiar with the requirements of the site safety rules and that they are complied with on site.

  • Checks will include SMSTS / Advanced Scaffolder / SSSTS or similar certification has been checked.

  • Measures have been taken to ensure all contractors have been provided with information relating to Health & Safety for the work they are undertaking.

  • Measures are taken to ensure all subcontractors have been suitably assessed, are adequately resourced, and competent for the work they are undertaking.

  • Check that measures are taken to ensure operatives CSCS/SKILL/CPCS/NSCRS cards/registration are appropriate for the work being undertaken

  • Management controls compliant.?

  • If there is a negative or unsafe response in this section this must have a description of the issues and actions required to correct them, they must be time defined and allocated to relevant party.

Access & Egress

Access - External [ALL SITES]

  • External Access to be inspected

  • Ensure site access points are clearly signposted on the approaches to the site.

  • Is all signage in accordance with Chapter 8 of the New Roads & Street works Manual.

  • Ensure adequate on-site signage is provided to warn and advise both vehicle drivers and pedestrians.

  • Ensure that adequate lighting is provided, including flashing amber warning beacons where appropriate for fixed crossings.

  • Ensure any floodlights do not dazzle drivers on the site or on adjacent public/private roads.

  • Ensure any lighting does not cause a nuisance to local residents.

  • Is there clear access routes to and from all parts of the site.

  • Have access routes been agreed with the fire and other emergency services prior to the start of works or planned to comply with requirements.

  • The approach roads and entrances to the site are kept clear of site traffic.

  • Has any parking of contractors vehicles on the approach roads been agreed with the Highways Authority?

  • Are major deliveries timed so as to avoid school drop-off and pick-up times and other rush hour times?

  • If necessary has the use of traffic lights to control traffic around site entrances been considered?

  • Ensure approach roads are kept clean and tidy and that any debris is removed promptly.

  • Ensure there are suitable barriers and warning notices to keep members of the public separated from the site works and site traffic.

  • Ensure safe pedestrian access is provided across all site entrances.

  • Where work at height is carried out adjacent to the public highway/footpath ensure that protective fans or other measures are provided to safeguard members of the public.

  • Ensure the site is securely fenced at all times to prevent unauthorised access.

  • Are the following carried out At the end of each day/shift ;

    secure tools, plant and equipment; remove or board ladders to restrict access; cover and fence excavations; store and secure hazardous materials/substances; ensure materials are properly stacked and choked.

  • Ensure all public access routes are kept clean and clear at all times.

  • Ensure adequate signage is provided to direct members of the public.

  • External Access Compliant?


Asbestos Management

  • Is Asbestos Management to be inspected

  • Has an asbestos survey been carried out in accordance with HSG264?

  • Has a detailed risk assessment and method statement been carried out?

  • Have the results of the survey been communicated to relevant parties?

  • Have enclosures been tested?

  • Have positive pressure units been tested?

  • Are air testing results in place?

  • Are certificates of re-occupancy in place?

  • Are waste consignment notes in place?

  • Has the HSE been informed before any work has been undertaken (14 day notice)?

  • Is the removal company licenced where applicable

  • Are medical certificates of the persons doing the work in date?

  • Is the work being carried out in a controlled and safe manner?

  • Has the asbestos been disposed off in accordance with the special waste regulations ?

  • Are emergency procedures in place for inadvertent exposure?

  • Is the presence of asbestos included in the site induction?

  • Asbestos Management Compliant?

Cartridge Tools & Compressed Gasses

Cartridge Operated Tools

  • Are Cartridge or Gas Powered Tools to be inspected?

  • Has the operator/s been properly trained?

  • Is the operator/s wearing eye protection?

  • Are the manufactures instructions being followed?

  • Is the gun cleaned regularly?

  • Are the gun cartridges keep secure when not in use?

  • Is there a system in pleace for accounting for cartridges?

  • Is the use of cartridge tools compliant?

Compressed Gasses (e.g. LPG, Acetylene)

  • Are Compressed Gas Systems and equipment to be reviewed

  • Are they kept away from flammable liquids?

  • Are the properly stored in a purpose made cage?

  • Are gasses segregated by type?

  • Is the cylinder valves fully closed when not in use?

  • Do all lines have anti-flashback arresters fitted (except for LPG fired blow heaters/torpedo heaters?

  • Do all line connections only have approved fittings and clips, with no Jubilee clips?

  • Compressed gasses compliant?

Confined Spaces

Confined Spaces

  • Are confined space working systems and access to be reviewed.

  • Confined Spaces include manholes, shafts, pits/tanks, pipes/culverts, certain excavations, silo's and other confined/enclosed spaces.

  • All work in confined spaces should be subject to a specific risk assessment and be carried out in accordance with Permit to Work/Enter and a safe system of work.

  • Only appropriately trained and qualified persons who have undergone an accredited confined spaces entry course shall be permitted to enter a confined space, and only then if the correct checks have been made and the correct safety equipment (breathing apparatus, gas detection equipment, emergency escape equipment etc) are used.

  • Is there a risk assessment for the confined spaces work?

  • Ensure all confined space permits have been checked, are valid and being strictly enforced.

  • Controls should include atmospheric monitoring, emergency escape arrangements, adequate supervision (i.e.: a top man outside of the confined space), method of raising the alarm and safe access/egress etc.

  • Check permits are closed and cancelled upon completion of the works.

  • Confined Spaces compliant?


Consultation [ALL SITES]

  • Consultation processes and systems to be reviewed

  • Has a system been established for employees to comment and be consulted on health, safety and welfare issues.

  • Is there a site suggestion box?

  • Is there a safety joint committee / forum ?

  • Are minutes and actions from meeting available and published on site?

  • Are any actions being implemented ?

  • Ensure appropriate Tool Box Talks are given to all employees and that the Tool Box Talks are appropriate and relevant to the work being undertaken.

  • Ensure that an attendance register has been maintained and signed by all persons present at each Tool Box Talk.

  • Consultation compliant?


Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

  • Are COSHH processes, Assessments and Stores to be reviewed.

  • Have COSSH Assessments been carried out for all potentially hazardous materials and substances being used on the site.

  • Are material safety data sheets available to assist with COSHH assessments.

  • Have the hazards associated with the use of such materials been properly communicated to those affected.

  • Are alternative safer substances available which can be used as substitutes.

  • Ensure all dangerous/hazardous materials/Substances are clearly marked/identified and stored in a secure location appropriate to the substance.

  • Have the appropriate control systems and PPE been provided and is the PPE being used.

  • COSHH Compliant?


Demolition Operations

  • Are Demolition works / planning to be reviewed

  • Has a competent person been appointed to oversee the demolition operations?

  • Has the structural stability been checked and are temporary supports in place where required?

  • Are any temporary works designed required?

  • Where required has the scaffolding been netted, monaflexed or hoarded off?

  • Have all services been disconnected?

  • Is the area barried off and suitably signs in place.?

  • Is there adequate dust suppression where required?

  • Is there sutable noise controls in place?

  • Is there suitable lighting?

  • Is material being removed from site on a regular basis and not allowed to accumulate?

  • Are all demolition operatives adiquitly trained, supervised and instructed?

  • Demolition Operations compliant?

Electrical Equipment

Electrical Equipment

  • Are Electrical Systems and Equipment to be reviewed

  • Check that all necessary utility services are provided on site before work begins.

  • Ensure that existing services e.g.: electricity cables, gas mains etc have been identified and effective steps have been taken to prevent danger from them.

  • Check that low voltage tools and equipment are being used wherever possible.

  • Check that only 110v CTE hand tool etc are in use.

  • Check that cables and leads are protected from damage.

  • Check all connections are properly made and suitable plugs are used.

  • Check that tools and equipment are visually checked and regularly inspected/tested by a competent person. (PAT)

  • Ensure that cables and trailing leads are not trip hazards.

  • Check that all temporary supplies are effectively bonded to Earth.

  • Do all temporary supplies have a means of isolating both poles and locking off?

  • Ensure that suitable and sufficient task lighting is provided to enable operatives to safely carry out their work.

  • Electrical Equipment compliant?

Environmental Management

Environmental Management

  • Are EM items systems and processes to be reviewed.

  • Site wide issues

  • Is there any evidence of nesting birds, if so are protection measures adiquate?

  • Is there any evidence of invasive plants, if so are precautions adiquate?

  • Note - it is an offence to propagate or cause to spread Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Ragwort and Himalayan Balsam.

  • Is the site free from trees that have a tree protection order (TPO)?

  • Energy efficiency

  • Have all practical measures been implemented to increase the energy efficiency of the site.

  • Do all Cabins comply with environmental minimum standards?

  • Carbon footprint measurement process in place?

  • Environmental Emergency

  • Is an Emergency Plan in place?

  • Evidence of ongoing review?

  • Is it communicated via induction?

  • Is it tried and tested?

  • General Environmental Management

  • Are environmental guidance notes available on site?

  • Have all potential pathways been identified and addressed?

  • Are any concrete washout facilities suitable?

  • Are any consents required?, if so are they being monitored and complied with?

  • Is a local drainage plan available on site?

  • Are any noise/dust issues present and are they being suitably controlled?

  • Are weekly environmental checks taking place?

  • Local Community

  • Is there a complaints procedure in place?

  • Are there effective measures in place to prevent light pollution?

  • Is plant and equipment fitted with suitable and effective silencers?

  • Any evidence of liaison with local schools?

  • Environmental Registers

  • Is the environmental register up to date and relevant?

  • Is the site registered under the hazardous waste regulations?

  • Is an Aspects & Impacts register in place - risk prevention measures identified etc.?

  • Spill Response

  • Are spill kits available?

  • Located in the correct areas?

  • Staff and operatives aware of their location?

  • Have emergency drills taken place?

  • Is their location communicated via induction?

  • Are the contents regulary checked?

  • Working on or near water

  • Are consents in place?

  • Is any silty water being treated or disposed of to foul?

  • Are appropriate pollution prevention measures in place and adequate?

  • Are soil heaps located away from rivers/streams?

  • Environmental Management compliant?

Faset Safety Netting

FASET Safety Netting

  • Are NET systems and operations to be reviewed

  • Are the nets as close as possible?

  • Are all nets within a 5-10% sag across the span?

  • Are primary supports suitable?

  • Is their a hand over certificate in place?

  • Are tie rope knots/attachments secure?

  • Is attachment spacing less than 2.5m or as per manufactures instructions?

  • Are the nets free from gaps?

  • Do and overlapped nets have an minimum overlap of 2m or they pinned or laced?

  • re there any wasting gaps at the eaves?

  • Is a suitable clearance distance available?

  • Is there a rescue / recovery plan in place?

  • Safety Netting compliant?

Excavations / Earthworks


  • Are Excavations and or Earthworks to be reviewed

  • Ensure that checks are made to determine the presence of any buried services before and during all excavation works.

  • All excavations should be carried out in accordance with a detailed method statement s and permit to dig. Is there a permit to dig?

  • Check that there is adequate support and propping for the excavation, or whether it has been sloped or battered back to a safe angle.

  • Check that there is a safe method used for placing supports, without the need for operatives to work in an unsupported trench.

  • Check that there is safe access into the excavation (i.e.: a sufficiently long and secured ladder).

  • Check that barriers or other protection to stop people/vehicles falling in are in place.

  • Does the excavation affect the stability of neighbouring structures or services.

  • Ensure that materials, spoil and plant is stored away from the edge of the excavation to reduce the chance of collapse.

  • Ensure that the excavation is regularly inspected by a competent person and that a record of such inspections is maintained.

  • Excavations/Earthwork compliant?

Fire Risks & Managment

Fire Risks and Management

  • This Section should be reviewed on all sites but especially those with timber frames or over two storey height or others where the fire load is above normal, i.e nearing completion with all fixtures and fitting or partial occupations.

  • Is there a fire risk assessment in place?

  • Ensure there are emergency procedures for evacuating the site in case of a fire, flood, explosion etc.

  • Ensure all staff know what these procedures are and that they form part of the site induction.

  • Check that there is an adequate means of raising the alarm, and that it is regularly tested.

  • Check that the emergency services have been informed of the location of the works, the key hazards and the emergency procedures.

  • Ensure that there are adequate escape routes and that these are kept clear of obstructions.

  • Ensure that the quantity of flammable materials, liquids and gases are kept to a minimum and are adequately stored.

  • Ensure that smoking and other ignition sources are banned in areas where gases or flammable liquids are stored or used.

  • Check that flammable and combustible waste is removed regularly and stored in suitable bins and skips.

  • Check that suitable fire extinguishers are provided and that they are maintained and in a good condition.

  • Check that all fire extinguishers have had an annual inspection.

  • Do all temporary coverings comply with LPS1207?

  • Fire Risk and Management compliant?

First Aid

First Aid


  • An appropriate number of trained and qualified first aiders should be available on the site. Is there a First Aid Assessment available for the type of work in progress.

  • Check the number of first aiders required, this is dependent on the type of work or operations, the number of workers on site and any special or unusual hazards.

  • Are Additional suitably qualified persons available to ensure adequate first aid provision is provided.

  • Are the names of all first aiders detailed on the site notice board or are they made known by distinct symbols such as HiVis vests, green hats etc?

  • Ensure the first aid kit contains only first aid materials and that all items are within expirery date where applicable

  • The location of the first aid box should be indicated on the site notice board and the door of the room in which it is contained. Are they clearly indicated?

  • Signs directing persons to the site of the first aid book should also be provided.

  • The First Aid box should be;

  • Marked with a white cross on a green background.

  • Be placed where it can be seen and used.

  • Be checked and replenished on a regular basis. Is the person responsible named and recording these checks and restocks

  • Are new staff made aware of its location as part of their induction?

  • First Aid requirements compliant?



  • All debris and waste is being removed from the work area regularly and upon completion of the work or at the end of each shift.

  • Ensure Debris is not be allowed to collect around the site.

  • Ensure staff adopt the philosophy of 'A tidy site is a safe site'.

  • Ensure materials are stored in an appropriate manner so as not to cause damage to or a weakening of the material.

  • Are damaged materials segregate to prevent them being used?

  • Are All pipes and tubes etc securely wedged or choked to prevent accidental movement?

  • Are All hazardous/flammable liquids contained within a bundled area/tank?

  • Ensure all waste receptacles are are appropriately signed for their intended contents.

  • Housekeeping compliant?

Health & Safety Plans

Health & Safety Management Plan

  • Ensure the project management plan is up to date and signed by all relevant parties.

  • Is an emergency plan defined and in place complete with emergency contact numbers?

  • Is the plan meaningful and communicated to all parties, including sub contractors?

  • Are responsibilities defined?

  • Health and Safety Management Plan compliant?



  • Ensure all staff receive a site specific safety induction before starting work.

  • Ensure all staff who have been inducted display an induction sticker on their safety helmet or wear a photo identification badge or other form of recognition.

  • Are all visitors including the client representatives being inducted?

  • Are site safety inductions being adequately carried out both for staff and visitors?



  • Is laser equipment or plant in use to be reviewed

  • Is there a risk assessment in place for the use of lasers?

  • Are operators trained and competent?

  • Are areas where lasers are used defined and clearly marked?

  • Are lasers Class 1 or 2?

  • Is the correct eye protection being used?

  • Are the beams away from other workers, public areas and roads?

  • Is the use of lasers compliant?

Lifting Equipment

Lifting Operations/Equipment

  • Are Lifting Operations (Including telehandlers / fork lifts / HIABS / 360's etc)to be reviewed

  • Ensure a (competent) Appointed Person co-ordinates all lifting operations.

  • Have all lifting operation got a valid lifting plan?

  • Ensure that all lifting equipment has been tested and installed by a competent person and is regularly maintained and inspected.

  • Check that the operators are trained and competent.

  • Check that the rated capacity/safe working load is clearly marked.

  • Ensure that the lifting equipment is capable of lifting the heaviest component within the anticipated working radius - allow for sufficient spare capacity.

  • Ensure that cranes and other lifting equipment has sufficient space to operate safely.

  • All lifting equipment should have a thorough examination every 6 months.

  • Ensure lifting operations do not take place near overhead power lines and excavations.

  • Lifting Operations/Equipment compliant?

Lone working

Lone Working / Out of hours working

  • Is there a policy in place for Lone Working and is the practice compliant?

  • Is access to first aid, welfare facilities and emergency services available to the worker/s?

  • Is the work defined as low risk?

  • Is there a risk assessment for lone working?

  • Has the work been approved by a director?

Low Level Access

Low Level Access Including Steps and Podiums

  • Are podiums used before steps are allowed?

  • Are operators trained in the use of podiums?

  • Are podiums maintained and inspected regularly?

  • Are podiums free from defects?

  • Are steps class 1 as defined in EN131?

  • Is there a risk assessment in place for the use of steps?

  • Is a permit system in place?

  • Low level access compliant?

Manual Handling

Manual Handling

  • Are Manual Handling Tasks and Operations to be reviewed ( Rember this includes ALL types of repetitive handling as well)

  • Ensure that a manual handling risk assessment has been completed wherever regular lifting of heavy loads is required.

  • Check the suitability of using wheelbarrows, hoists, telehandlers and other plant or machinery so that manual handling of heavy objects is kept to a minimum.

  • Have reasonable efforts been taken / planned to void the repetitive laying of heavy building blocks weighing more than 20KG.

  • Ensure all staff have received manual training.

  • Manual Handling compliant?

Mobile Scaffold Towers

Mobile Scaffold Towers

  • Are Mobile Tower Scaffolds to be reviewed

  • Check that personnel erecting or altering scaffolds are competent and trained.

  • Check that proprietary tower scaffolds have been erected and are being used in accordance with the suppliers instructions.

  • Check that the wheels of any tower scaffold have been locked when in use and check that the platform is empty when being moved.

  • Are they tagged safe for use?

  • Mobile Towers compliant?

Occupational Health

Occupational Health, HAV'S, Noise and Associated Health Risks

  • This section should be reviewed as appropriate to size and complexity of the site and number of persons effected.

  • Check that workers have had information and training so that they know what the risks are from HAV.

  • Check that exposure to HAV has been reduced as much as possible by selecting suitable work methods and Plant.

  • Ensure reduced-vibration tools are used wherever possible.

  • Check vibration tools are properly maintained.

  • What controls are in place to limit the exposure of persons to HAV by ensuring that no person uses vibrating tools for longer than the manufactures guided times.

  • Check whether health surveillance for people exposed to high levels of hand-arm vibration over long periods is in place.

  • Noise - As a general rule, if you: - have to shout to be heard at a distance of 2m, the noise level is approx 80dB and you should consider wearing hearing protection.

  • - have to shout to be heard at a distance of 1m, the noise level is approx 85dB and you should definitely wear hearing protection.

  • Tools plant and Equipment selected to minimise the exposure levels.

  • Are the emission levels for the plant and equipment identified and available to users.

  • Ensure that workers have had training so they are aware of the risks from noise on site and what they need to do to avoid these risks.

  • Are SNR numbers for protection levels assessed and made known to operatives.

  • Check whether the noise can be reduced by using different working methods or selecting quieter plant e.g.: by fitting breakers and other plant or machinery with silencers.

  • Preventative maintenance can also help to reduce the noise caused by wear and tear on plant and machinery.

  • Ensure that people not involved in the work are kept away from the source of the noise.

  • Occupation health, HAV'S, Noise and associated risks compliant?

Permits to Work

Permits to Work

  • If permits are in use this section MUST be reviewed.

  • Hot Works - Hot Works include welding, oxy-acetylene cutting, use of angle grinders/metal disc saws, use of gas space heatingAre

  • Ensure all Hot Works Permits have been checked and reviewed and are valid for the work conditions.

  • Are suitable Fire Resistant coverings / fire drapes available for spark guarding.

  • Ensure suitable and sufficient fire prevention measures are in place, including the removal of all combustible materials, the use of fire blankets and fire extinguishers.

  • Ensure old permits have been cancelled and closed.

  • Dig - digging includes, excavations, knocking in pins, breaking ground etc.

  • Ensure permits to dig have been prepared and issued where the excavations are complex, hazardous or impact on the work or operations of another.

  • All permits to dig should be checked and reviewed prior to issue to ensure the appropriate controls have been included.

  • Ensure all contractors are working in accordance with permits to dig.

  • Ensure the permit is valid.

  • Check old permits have been cancelled and closed.

  • Permits compliant?


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Recommended MANDATORY for all sites. Is this to be reviewed?

  • PPE General Requirements - Ensure PPE compatibility issues have been considered and that one piece of PPE not restrict the effectiveness of another piece of PPE.

  • Ensure that PPE is issued on an individual basis.

  • Ensure that it is suitable for the type of work being undertaken. ( This should be stated in the RAMS)

  • Check that the PPE is marked with the genuine 'CE' mark to help identify type of protection.

  • Check that it is kept in good condition.

  • Ensure that it is appropriately replaced.

  • Ensure all staff and visitors are wearing Hi-Viz vests or jackets.

  • Eye Protection

  • Ensure that it is of a suitable grade for the type of work being undertaken. I.e. light protection or full goggles etc. (This should be stated in the RAMS)

  • Check that it is kept in good condition.

  • Foot Protection

  • Ensure that footwear is manufactured to CE standards. (Standards required should be noted in RAMS)

  • Ensure that footwear is fitted with steel toecaps and steel sole plates.

  • Hand Protection - Ensure that where damaged to the hands may occur through activities such as handling, or when using hazardous substances/chemicals that all persons affected wear the appropriate class of safety glove. (Standards should be noted in RAMS)

  • Are all gloves free from damage?

  • Ensure gloves are the correct size.

  • Ensure gloves are correct for their application and the activity being undertaken.

  • Check that hands are washed frequently after spells of work.

  • Check the availability of barrier creams and skin cleansers.

  • Hearing Protection

  • Ensure the correct type of protection is in use for the task. (Correct levels of protection via SNR data should be provided in the RAMS or via noise meter checks on site)

  • Ensure that hearing protection is used as instructed.

  • Where ear plugs are in use ensure the correct size ear plugs are being worn.

  • Ensure that hearing protection is kept clean and checked regularly for damage.

  • Ensure Areas which are mandatory hearing protection zones are signed as such using the appropriate signs.

  • Respiratory Protection (RPE) - Avoid use of disposable nuisance dust masks)

  • Ensure that the correct type of respiratory equipment is used for the works being undertaken. (This should be noted in the RAMS)

  • Ensure that persons are trained for the use of the RPE and where applicable have a face fit test to ensure the effectiveness of the RPE.

  • Ensure that all equipment is cleaned and checked after use.

  • Safety Helmets

  • Ensure all staff and visitors are wearing safety helmets.

  • Were all helmets found free from damage?

  • Ensure helmets are worn correctly.

  • Were helmets within their expiry date - helmets should be changed every 2-3 years.

  • Safety Harnesses and Lanyards

  • Are all harnesses and lanyards in good condition, last inspection date logged and tagged for each item.

  • Have all harness users recieved suitable training

  • Has the work with harness arrangements been planned correctly, fall restraint or fall arrest systems in use?

  • PPE requirements compliant?

Plant & Equipment

Plant & Equipment

  • Ensure that tools and equipments are stored correctly to avoid damage to the equipment and persons.

  • Dry, covered and secure storage areas should be provided for all tools and equipment.

  • Hand tools

  • Ensure that the right tools and equipment are being used for the right job.

  • Were all hand tools found to be in good condition with no defects?

  • Power Tools

  • Ensure operatives have been trained to use the tools/equipment they are using.

  • Check that all dangerous parts are guarded e.g. gears, chain, drives, projecting engine shafts etc.

  • Check that guards are secure and in good repair.

  • Ensure that the tools are in a good state of repair and carries appropriate safety symbol e.g. BS kite mark, CE Mark etc.

  • Check that safety devices are operating properly and that all cables are double insulated.

  • Check that tools are 110 volt and that a residual current device (RCD) is used for additional protection.

  • Ensure that the plug is of the correct type, undamaged and securely clamped to the cable.

  • Check the supply cable for cuts, splits or other damage. All all cables free from damage?

  • Ensure that all operators are trained and competent.

  • Plant

  • Ensure all Plant and Machinery is inspected on a weekly basis by a competent person and recorded in a Plant Inspection Register.

  • Do all plant fitted with a semi-automatic hitch have safety pins fitted?

  • Are all plant operators trained and hold a valid plant operators card for the categories being operated?

  • Is Plant Used Correctly.

  • Are Emergency Processes such as Rescue Plans for Boom Hoists available.

  • Plant and Equipment compliant?

Registers & Records

Registers and Records

  • Registers include the PUWER inspections for items such as steps, ladders, towers, transformers etc and should be reviewed regularly - is this to be included on this occassion?

  • The scaffold should have a handover certificate for the initial build and any subsequent alteration plus an inspection every 7 days at most, additional inspections following adverse weather or events must be recorded. Same records should be retained for Excavations and Coffer Dams etc.

  • Check the site Inspection Registers for items such as scaffolding, excavations, coffer dams, plant and other equipment have been completed in a timely fashion.

  • Registers and Records compliant?

Risk Assessments and Method Statements

Risk Assessments and Method Statements, technical and application

  • Are RAMS to be technically reviewed on this occasion

  • Ensure all Method Statements have been prepared by a competent person and have been checked, reviewed and signed by competent persons.

  • Are method statements adequate and suitable for the task?

  • Does the method statement offer the necessary controls and required level of protection?

  • Ensure all contractors have been fully briefed are working in accordance with the method statement.

  • Are Risk & Method Statement requirements compliant

Road Works

Road Works

  • Are Road Works to be reviewed

  • Road Works

  • Is there a site specific risk assessment in place for road works?

  • Is a copy of the Code of Practice: safety at street works and road work, available on site?

  • Are supervisors qualified under the new road and street works Act?

  • Is there at least one trained operative available at all times?

  • Has the local Authority been consulted?

  • Pare workers wearing hi-viz to BS EN 471?

  • Are all signs approve in accordance with British Standards?

  • Are signs properly secured?

  • Are provisions in place to check signs etc at regular intervals?

  • Are signs reflective or lit after dark?

  • Are cones and lamps in place as required?

  • Are roads and pedestrian footpaths clear of debris and mud?

  • Are advisory speed limits in place where required?

  • Are temporary traffic controls in place where required?

  • Are misleading permanent sign covered?

  • Road work - Completion

  • Have all signs, cones and lamps been removed?

  • Have all permanent signs been restored?

  • Have the appropriate authorities been informed that the works are complete?

  • Has all debris and mud been removed from surrounding areas?

  • Road works compliant?

Scaffold etc

Scaffolding/Working platforms

  • Are scaffold / working Platforms to be reviewed.

  • Check that any scaffold erection, alteration or dismantling is carried out by a competent person.

  • Check that all standards are provided with base plates and timber sole boards which span at least two base plates.

  • Check that all standards, ledgers, braces and struts are in position.

  • Ensure that the scaffold is adequately tied to the building or structure to prevent collapse.

  • Check that double guard rails and toe boards or other suitable protection at every edge.

  • Check that there are additional brick guards provided to prevent materials falling from scaffold where they are used as a working platform.

  • Check that working platforms are fully boarded and that the boards are arranged to avoid tipping or tripping - i.e.: no overlapping boards.

  • Do all ladder accesses have self closing gates fitted?

  • Ensure that there are effective warning notices in place to stop any person using an incomplete scaffold.

  • Check that the scaffold is strong enough to carry the weight of materials stored on it and that they are evenly distributed.

  • Ensure that the scaffold has been properly maintained.

  • Ensure that a competent person inspects the scaffold regularly, at least once a week; and always after it has been altered, damaged and following extreme weather.

  • Are scaffold tags being utilised?

  • Ensure that these inspections are adequately recorded.

  • Are all scaffolds and working platforms sutable?


Security [As Applicable]

  • are Security systems and procedures to be reviewed.

  • Are the public fenced off or otherwise protected from the work?

  • Is out of hours security is place?

  • Is the perimeter fence secure and un-damaged?

  • Are all gated secured?

  • Are site security arrangements adiquate?

Site Set Up

Site Set up

  • Are the following items displayed?

  • Latest H&S Policy?

  • Insurance Policy?

  • Fire Plan?

  • Emergency plan and contacts?

  • Signs for doors and cabins?

  • First aid location signs?

  • Assembly point signs?

  • Accident reporting process?

  • Site registration under the Hazardous Waste Regulations?

  • No Smoking signs?

  • Health & Safety Law poster ( what you should know)?

  • Is the site set up in accordance with CDM and Company requirements?

Storage of Substances & Materials

Storage of Substances, Chemicals and Oils. [As Applicable]

  • Are Storage arrangements to be reviewed

  • Are all bowsers locked?

  • Are Substances, Chemicals and Oils stored in the correct manner?

  • Are all bunded areas protected from contamination by rain or surface water.

  • Is there double bundled storage with at least 110%?

  • Are oil storage tanks at least 30m from any water course and stored on impervious surfaces?

  • Were any/all drums stored off bear ground?

  • All drums stored on appropriate IBC's or collectively bunded on impervious surfaces for a single container +25% spill volume.

  • Is static or parked mobile plant fitted with drip trays or plant nappies?

  • Is plant and equipment in good order and free from leaks etc?

  • Storage of Substances, Chemicals And Oils compliant?

Temporary Works

Temporary Works

  • Are Temporary Works to be reviewed on this occassion

  • Remember Temporary Works will include Temporary Roads (bearing capacity), Hoardings (wind loadings), facilities for access Equipment (other than scaffolds)(bearing capacity), propping and shoring, all falseworks and formworks etc.

  • Is there a temporary works register and is it maintained?

  • Appointments - The following must in place and appointed in writing and should be regularly updated.

  • Temporary Works Designer.

  • Temporary Works Co-ordinator.

  • Temporary Works Supervisor.

  • Are competences available for all appointees?

  • Design

  • Has the TW been designed in accordance with BS5975:2008 or appropriate design code i.e relevant Eurocodes

  • Identify the categories found on site in accordance with 5975' - 0, 1, 2, 3.

  • Is there a process in place for the site to communicate any changes etc back to designers?

  • Works

  • Have full working method statements and risk assessments been received and approved?

  • Are checks organised for critical stages?

  • Is there safe access and egress to the works and is it maintained?

  • Has the TW been inspected on completion and is there a record of the inspection?

  • Has permission been given (permit to load) prior to loading?

  • Are any necessary guard rails in place?

  • Has permission been given to dismantle the works?

  • Are temporary works being carried out in an appropriate manner and in accordance with BS5976?

Traffic Management

Traffic Management

  • Is Traffic and Vehicle Managment to be reviewed on this occsssion?

  • Has a traffic management plan been prepared?

  • Does the site layout match the plan?

  • Are traffic management arrangement suitable and sufficient, including clearly signed and demarked walkways and crossing points ?

  • Are pedestrians physically segregated from moving vehicles and plant by barriers suitable for the plant in use on site?

  • Are storage areas identified?

  • Are loading areas identified?

  • Have one way or turning points been identified?

  • Are procedures in place for the unloading of vehicles to prevent fall from vehicles?

  • Are seat belts being used where fitted on the equipment?

  • Are traffic management arrangements sutable?

Training / Competency

Training and Competency [General]

  • Are competency records and training records to be reviewed.

  • Are Competency Approval Records for contractors available to site managers.

  • Are all persons trained for their respective tasks - especially supervisory Staff?

  • Are specific items for training listed in the RAMs or CPP

  • Do the SKills Cards etc match the competencies required in the RAMS etc.

  • Are Skill Cards available for inspection and checked at induction?

  • Training & Competency Adequate?

Waste Management

Waste Management

  • Is Waste Managment to be reviewed on this occassion?

  • Is there a waste management statement or Construction Environmental Managment Plan in place or other suitable arrangement in place?

  • Ensure the plan is signed by all including the client/client representative?

  • Is the plan being maintained?

  • Is it being reviewed on a regular basis?

  • Is the hierarchy of waste control being applied on site - are operatives aware of the disposal process?

  • Are bins clearly labelled?

  • Are all waste carries and transfer stations records available?

  • Are waste transfare notes available and correctly filled in?

  • Is the process communicated via induction?

  • Waste management requirements compliant?


Welfare Facilities

  • These items are MANDATORY for all site, review in relation to the site itself.

  • Ensure a facility is provided to change, dry and store clothing.

  • Mess facilities should include a place where workers can sit, make hot drinks and prepare food.

  • Mess facilities shall be of sufficient size for the number of employees on site and are provided with heating.

  • Ensure access to the welfare facilities are accessible to all persons on the site.

  • Ensure a supply of wholesome drinking water and cups are provided.

  • Ensure that all drinking water supplies are appropriately signed.

  • Ensure sufficient toilets are readily available, maintained, kept clean & are properly lit.

  • Note - A connection with mains drainage is always preferable to that of a chemical toilet.

  • Are toilets connected to the main sewer?

  • Ensure there are washbasins, hot and cold running water, soap and towels.

  • Ensure that the washbasins are large enough to wash up to the elbow and are kept clean.

  • Where the nature of the work demands it, showers shall be provided.

  • Are showers provided?

  • Are welfare facilities cleaned on a daily basis?

  • Are welfare facilities compliant?

Working at Height

Working at Height

  • Working at Height to be reviewed on this occasion?

  • Check whether the work has been reviewed to see if it can be undertaken without working at height.

  • Check that access equipment is erected and or operated by competent persons and checked before use.

  • Ensure safe access and egress have been provided to areas.

  • Roof Work

  • Ensure that edge protection is provided to stop people or materials falling.

  • Check that during industrial roofing, nets are provided to stop people falling from the leading edge of the roof.

  • Ensure safety nets have been hung correctly.

  • Ensure that precautions have been taken to stop people falling through fragile materials when working on roofs, e.g.: by providing barriers, covers or working platforms.

  • Ensure roof ladders are used in accordance with best practice requirements.

  • Ensure that people are kept away from areas below the roof work.

  • Ladders - Ladders should be used at an angle of 1:4 (75 degrees).

  • Ensure that ladders are in good condition, are not split, warped or have damaged rungs etc.

  • Check that ladders rest against a solid level surface and that this is not a fragile or insecure material.

  • Check whether ladders are suitable for the purpose - only for short term work or for gaining access to another area.

  • Check that ladders are secured to prevent them slipping sideways or backwards.

  • Check that ladders rise a sufficient height above their landing place (approx. 1m or 5 rungs).

  • Safe landing platforms to be provided where a ladder rises to a height of 9m or more.

  • Are work at height operations compliant with legal requirements

Work Near / Over Water

Working on or near Water

  • Check all access passages and working platforms are clear and free from obstructions.

  • Are Pontoons correctly loaded and securely moored.

  • Are embark and landing points provided.

  • Check appropriate use of safety nets and that they are securely fastened.

  • Ensure that buoyancy/life saving equipment is available and accessible.

  • Ensure workers know how to raise the alarm and that they are aware of the procedures are in place if an incident in water occurs.

  • Where appropriate ensure a manned rescue boat is provided.

  • Are working on or near water compliant?

Close Out.


  • Have all items from previous reports been closed out correctly? [Review internal and third party reports as available]

  • Detail Items Not Completed.

  • Has the Site Manager reviewed this report with the author before leaving site

  • Site Recipient

  • Site Based Conclusions & Recommendations.

  • Process, Procedure and Policy Items to be followed up.

  • Report Author

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