Type of Work

Type of work is being performed?

General Safety

Is there an SDS book on sight?

Is there sufficient individualized water on site? (cups or water bottles)

Personal Protective Equipment

Are hard hats worn all the time?

Are safety glasses worn all the time?

Are face shields in use when needed?

Is proper hearing protection being worn?

Are gloves being worn as needed?

Fall Protection

Is there proper fall protection in use?

Are the ropes in proper condition?

Are workers tied-off correctly?

Is there a harness in use?

Is slack removed to prevent long falls?

Are workers staying clear of falling branches and work spaces that they are not working?


Are all ladders in good condition?

Is the proper type of ladder being used?

Are worker using the three-point rule to climb ladders?

Power Tools

Are power tools being used properly?

Are they properly stored and maintained?

Is chainsaw securely tied?

Are chainsaw tethers in good condition?

Are proper cuts being made? (incremental, 1 ft from trunk first then against trunk, below branch then on top)

Hand Tools

Are hand tools in good working condition?

Are hand tools being used safely?

Fire Prevention

Is there a fire extinguisher easily accessible?

Is the fire extinguisher charged?

Is the fire extinguisher regularly inspected?

Wood Chipper

Is the operator properly "feeding" the branches into the machine?

Are all other workers a safe distance from the chipper?

Are proper warnings in place? (cones to redirect civilians)

Is the chipper chute aligned correctly and locked in place?

Was the emergency break checked before first use?

First Aid

Is there a first aid kit accessible?

Are all contents currents usable? (not expired)

Are items sealed, single use, disposable items?

Bucket Truck and Crane Operations

Is the crane operator certified?

Does the equipment appear to be in good working condition?

Are proper warnings in place? (cones to redirect civilians)

Are outriggers in use?

Is the crane path clear of workers?


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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.