1. Working at Heights

  • 1.1. Fall risks of 2m or more? (including voids, pits, and trenches)

  • 1.2. Lack of edge protection?

  • 1.3. Unsafe or incomplete edge protection?

2. Plant and Equipment

  • 2.1. Unsafe or damaged plant/equipment? (including missing or damaged guards)

  • 2.2. Incorrect plant /equipment for job? (e.g. grinding discs for cutting)

  • 2.3. Competent persons operating plant/equipment?

  • 2.4. Has daily log been filled out?

  • 2.5. Are maintenance records up to date?

3. Scaffolds

  • 3.1. Unlicensed persons erecting scaffold above 4m?

  • 3.2. Unsafe or incomplete scaffold?

  • 3.3. Lack of inspection protocol for scaffold?

  • 3.4. Incompatible scaffold components? Unlabelled or do not meet AS?

  • 3.5. Safe Work Load (SWL) exceeded? (tools, stored materials, number of persons)

4. Lifting Equipment

  • 4.1. Unsafe or damaged plant?

  • 4.2. Loads lifted over persons, close proximity to obstacles incl. overhead power lines?

  • 4.3. Lack of maintenance, testing and inspection?

  • 4.4. Lack of SWL information displayed?

  • 4.5. Unsafe or damaged lifting equipment, including ropes, slings, chains, hooks?

  • 4.6. Lifting equipment unlabelled, does not meet AS, no SWL displayed?

5. Harness and Equipment

  • 5.1. Unsafe or damaged harness or equipment?

  • 5.2. Incompatible hooks/equipment?

  • 5.3. Unlabelled or does not meet AS?

  • 5.4. Unsafe or uncertified anchor points?

  • 5.5. Lack of or inadequate formal training for operators?

6. Ladders

  • 6.1. Unsafe or damaged ladders?

  • 6.2. Unsafe positioning of ladders?

  • 6.3. Ladder not properly secured?

  • 6.4. Ladder unsuitable for job? (e.g. metal ladder used for electrical work)

7. Hazardous Manual Tasks

  • 7.1. Lack of identification hazardous manual tasks?

  • 7.2. Lack of assessment of hazardous manual tasks?

  • 7.3. Inadequate risk controls? (examples: no job rotation, lighter loads, trolleys, lifting equipment, etc)

  • 7.4. Lack of training in risk controls and safe lifting/ team lifting techniques?

8. Hazardous Chemical (including fuel and oil)

  • 8.1. Unsafe storage location? (e.g. flammables near ignition sources, spills could enter stormwater drains, etc)

  • 8.2. Incompatible chemicals stored near each other?

  • 8.3. Inadequate spill containment equipment?

  • 8.4. Safety Data Sheets not accessible on site?

  • 8.5. Lack of up to date Safety Data Sheet?

  • 8.6. Insufficient, or incorrect, PPE?

9. Emergency Response

  • 9.1. Lack of, or no emergency plans for site?

  • 9.2. Emergency procedures not displayed at site?

  • 9.3. Lack of training and rehearsal of emergency plans?

  • 9.4. Lack of, or inadequate first aid kits aid equipment for site?

  • 9.5. Insufficient access to formally trained First Aiders for all shifts?

10. Traffic Management

  • 10.1. Lack of, or inadequate, Traffic Management Plan (TMP) in place?

  • 10.2. Lack of training in TMP for all persons on site?
    (contractors and visitors)

  • 10.3. Inadequate controls for TMP? (physical barriers, bollards, speed limits, flashing lights, spotters, etc)

11. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • 11.1. Lack of, or inadequate PPE (including sun protection)

  • 11.2. Lack of system to issue, inspect, replace and monitor PPE?

  • 11.3. Lack of training in safe use, clean-up and inspection of PPE?

12. Work Environment

  • 12.1. Lack of/or inadequate amenities? (toilets, wash areas, lunch rooms, etc)

  • 12.2. Insufficient lighting?

  • 12.3. Inadequate housekeeping?

  • 12.4. Lack of, or inadequate noise/ vibration control?

  • 12.5. Access and egress free from trip hazards?

  • 12.6. Lack of/or inadequate safety signage?

13. Electrical Hazards

  • 13.1. Unsafe electrical leads? (damaged, out of test date or untested)

  • 13.2. Lack of RCD protection?

  • 13.3. Contact with underground assets?

  • 13.4. Contact with overhead electrical lines?

  • 13.5. Overloading outlets?

  • 13.6. Leads placed on ground or on metal structures?

  • 13.7. Electrical equipment near water?

  • 13.8. Electrical equipment near flammables?

  • 13.9. Electrical equipment near chemicals that could cause damage?

  • 13.10. Electrical leads that may be damaged from contact with moving machinery parts?

  • 13.11. Electrical leads on work surfaces?

  • 13.12. Lack of Lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) procedures for electrical equipment?

14. Environmental Hazards

  • 14.1. Lack of/or inadequate Environmental Management plan (EMP)?

  • 14.2. Lack of/or inadequate, dust suppression system?

  • 14.3. Lack of/or inadequate systems to prevent contaminants entering stormwater drains?

  • 14.4. Lack of water re-use systems?

15. Administrative Procedures

  • 15.1.Has appropriate contractor book been signed?

  • 15.2. Are they wearing correct ID tag ?

  • 15.3. Are they carrying OHS induction card?

  • 15.4 Lack of logging on to CBC Help Desk?

  • 15.5. Lack of/or inadequate work report filled out?

  • 15.6. Lack of/or inadequate Safe Work Method Statements (SWSM) for high- risk work?

  • 15.7. Lack of workers signed SWMS appropriate to task?

  • 15.8. Lack of/or inadequate system to review SWMS as needed?

  • 15.9. Lack of/or inadequate Site Safety Plan?

  • 15.10. Lack of/or inadequate toolbox talks ?

  • 15.11. Failure to obtain permits (Council, EPA, WHS, also Hot Works, Confined Space etc)

  • 15.12. Lack of/or inadequate, induction for workers, contractors, visitors?

  • 15.13. Lack of/or inadequate, supervisory arrangements?

  • 15.14. Lack of/or inadequate training, licenses, skills, experience?

  • 15.15. Lack of/or inadequate incident notification procedures?

  • 15.16. Lack of/or inadequate, routine inspections, monitoring, audits?


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