Access / Egress

Portable Ladders

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Ladder extends 3' over landing

3 points of contact maintained while climbing

In good safe working condition. Proper ladder for the job.

Ladder set up at proper angle (4:1)

Daily ladder inspection form completed?

Ladder tied off securely

Fixed Ladders

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Fall protection or cage available if 24' in height or greater

If cage or well is used, landing platform is provided at maximum of 50'

Minimum clearance between ladder and obstruction behind is 7"

Inside of cage or well is free of obstructions

Ladder in good repair, no visible damage


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Stepladders in good repair. No visible damage to rails, rungs, or spreader

Ladder used in an open a-frame position

Proper ladder size used. Climbing on top of stepladder, or on first rung from the top, is prohibited


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Metal pan stairs are filled with with suitable material or barricaded to prevent access

Stairways with four or more risers, or rising more than 30" in height (whichever is less) have stair rails provided on each unprotected edge

Handrails are provided between 30" and 37", have at least 3" clearance between the handrail and structure behind, and are constructed so as to provide an adequate handhold

All railings are free from projection hazards such as nails, surfaced to prevent injuries or snagging of clothing


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Electrical Safety

GFCI utilized at all times

Cords and tools in good condition. Damaged cords / tools tagged out of service or rendered inoperable

All cords protected from damage (not exposed to vehicular traffic or crushing damage from doors or windows, etc.)

All ladders and equipment at least 10' from electrical lines


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Fall Protection

No fall from height exposures present. Typically ground work, high parapet walls (39" or greater), or similar structure is present which eliminates fall from height exposure.

Warning Line Systems

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Warning lines completely enclose the roof area

Warning lines kept minimum of 6' from edge of roof, or minimum of 10' from edge of roofs with mechanical equipment in use

Well maintained, a minimum of 34" off the working surface, a maximum of 39"

Stanchions utilized are designed to resist, without tipping over, a force of at least 16 lbs applied horizontally 30" above the walking / working surface

Employees adhering with requirement and remaining inside warning lines unless using a different fall protection system

Points of access connected to work area by access path formed by two lines. When not in use, a warning line is run across the path to fully enclose the work area

Guardrails System

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Proper height: Top rail 39-45 inches above the walking working surface. Cable deflects 3" or less and does not sag below 39" with 200lbs of force applied. Midrails installed midway between top rail and walking / working surface

Guardrail system properly installed capable of withstanding 200lbs of force

Standard toe boards installed if exposure below exists

Guardrails surfaced to prevent injury. No protruding nails

Safety Monitoring System

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Safety monitor in audible & visual distance, on same working level and performing monitoring duties only

Safety monitor educated to recognize fall hazards and aware of items that he/she should be looking for

Monitor used in conjunction with warning line, except for on roofs that are <50' in length or width

Employees ensuring a safety monitor is present prior to going outside warning lines or working on an unprotected roof

Personal Fall Arrest Systems

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Anchorage points of suitable strength to support fall or restraint (5,000lbs arrest, 1,000lbs restraint). Roof anchors properly installed.

Equipment inspected prior to use

Harness & lanyards worn and adjusted properly. Lifelines installed properly, slack removed, pendulum effect and free fall distance considered and controlled

Anchorage connectors such as cross arm straps utilized to wrap units / structures. No wrapping of lifelines / lanyards and hooking them back to themselves

Skylight and hole protection

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Skylight / holes protected by guardrail, cover, net, or personal fall arrest system is used

Hole covers capable of withstanding twice the intended load. "Hole" or "Cover" painted atop the cover

Hoist area fall protection

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Guardrails or PFAS utilized in hoisting areas (areas where material / debris / equipment is being brought up to or removed from roof)

Employees using PFAS in hoist areas set them up for fall restraint


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Fire Prevention

Extinguishers in place, charged and in work area. Clear of obstruction. No more than 100' from employees, no more than 50' from flammables

No smoking near flammables

Proper flammable safety cans in use


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General Safety

First aid kits available onsite

SDS available onsite for all chemicals, chemicals properly labelled

Weekly tool box talks conducted

General housekeeping efforts kept up

All materials and debris secured daily. Public protected from falling / flying objects

General precautions taken to protect property from damages

Intakes covered or turned off when chemicals used

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Hand and Power Tools

All hand and power tools in good repair. Damaged equipment tagged out of service or rendered inoperable

All power tools have proper machine guards in place

Hand tools used for the task they are designed for. No prying items with a utility knife

Utility knife blades kept sharp, cuts made away from body. Retracted or fully sheathed when not in use

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Material Handling

Proper lifting techniques observed. Team lifts or mechanical equipment used when lifting heavy objects

Material handling equipment in good condition

Debris removed of promptly and safely. Chute provided when over 20'.

Crane Safety

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Operators licensed / certified

Rigging in good condition. Capacities legible. Inspected prior to use with no visible damage.

Qualified rigger / signal person used

Outriggers fully deployed, pads/cribbing used on soft surfaces

Daily inspection of crane performed. Must be documented at least once per month and available on crane

Work zone established. Elevated visual aids in place to ensure crane maintains minimum approach distance from overhead power lines

Forklift Safety

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Operator certified. License available and current (not more than 3 years old)

Daily inspection completed. All critical safety elements in good repair (back up alarm, windows & mirrors, boom angle indicator, load chart available, tires in good repair, etc)

Seatbelt worn at all times

Safe speeds maintained


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Personal Protective Equipment

Eye protection worn when hazard exits and per policy

Hard hats worn when hazard exits and per policy

Proper gloves worn when handling tear off debris, when handling sharp metal, and when handling chemicals requiring glove usage

Proper work attire worn (boots, pants, sleeved shirts, long sleeve shirts if handling hot asphalt)


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Supported Scaffolding

Competent person onsite - daily inspections conducted

All components in good condition, properly assembled

Safe access onto scaffold available

Guardrails and toeboards on all open sides of work area

Work platform fully decked with proper overhang / cleating of planks

All employees using have user training

Scaffold kept a safe distance (10' minimum) from overhead powerlines unless lines have been de-energized or other acceptable safeguards implemented

Falling object protection adequate if exposure below exists. Toe boards in place, or netting used if material stacked higher than toe boards

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Aerial Lifts

All employees using have received user training

Inspections performed prior to operating. No dropoffs, depressions, holes, etc. surrounding the equipment that can be driven into

Guardrails in proper working condition. Safety chains latched closed on scissor lifts. Swing gates shut on boom lifts

Proper fall protection in place when working from boom lift. Retractable lanyard or other restraining device used. Harness worn properly

Equipment kept a safe distance from overhead powerlines (minimum of 10' unless power lines are de-energized or other acceptable safeguard is implemented)

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Specific Roof Systems Hazards

Modified Bitumen - Torch Applied System (if not checked than N/A)

Torch set up properly, in good working order. Stand in place. Connections and fittings leak checked prior to use

All sparks or open flame controlled and kept away from roof openings which could suck flame into structure

No torching to combustible surfaces

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BUR - Kettle Safety (if not checked than N/A)

Propane tanks upright, in good condition and kept 10' from kettle & building

Kettle area flagged / barricaded

Proper temperature maintained. Ground man present and aware of temperature and flashpoint

Kettle lid closed when not being loaded

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Jobsite Grading

Acceptable: Jobsites which have no serious violations of federal requirements, or safety policies and have recognizable hazards controlled at the time of the inspection.

Needs Improvement: Jobsites in which violations occurred which may be serious in nature but the inspector does not believe them to be done intentionally or egregiously.

Unacceptable: Jobs in which egregious safety violations exist and are to believe to have been known by those involved.


Corrective Actions taken onsite to correct noted deficiencies:

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.