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Ultimate List of Safety Checklists for Construction Sites

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These checks would help ensure your workers are ready and prepared for the task before them. Pre-work construction checklist can be grouped into:

Induction checklists – helps ensure workers (especially new hires) understand their responsibilities, obligations, government regulations, schedules and company’s policies. Tour the site and explain work areas and associated hazards, have workers fill an emergency notification form, mark attendance etc.

Toolbox Talk –  this is a safety talk by workers before the start of work. Crew members make sure entry and ventilation of spaces is adequate, confirm the receipt of work permit, put signage up etc.

Hazard Identification checklist – Finally, for this part, this checklist is used to discover potential issues that could be detrimental to health and safety from carrying out a specific task in a work environment. Would there be a high level of noise, would workers use or handle toxic materials? Does the work require excavation, working at heights or in enclosed spaces? What about the dangers of slips, cuts, abrasion, tips etc? Traffic control and other environmental factors are also checked.

Construction Work safety checklist

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) : Did all employees receive proper equipment? Are all pieces of equipment in good condition? This includes goggles or face shields when welding, cutting, grinding etc. Hard helmets to protect against the risk of falling objects. Protective shoes with reinforced toes and then thick hand gloves.

Tools and machines : Are they in good condition? Are employees using the right tools for the job? Are the handlers or operators of equipment experienced and competent?

Fall protection methods : Is there fall protection? Has it been applied correctly?

Protective devices and information panels : Is there a curtain around the welders to protect others? Are information panels easy to read and are the warnings clear?

Electrical Hazards : Are electrical wires safe and off the ground? Is there good lighting? Are temporary electricity facilities properly installed? Check that the electrical appliances and cables are what is recommended. Turn-off power before working, clearly mark all live power lines, and replace worn or broken cables and electrical devices.

Scaffolding and Ladders: Are all fixings secure? Are the scaffolding attached to the structure? Workers should also ensure to follow manufacturer’s recommendations regarding maximum weight carrying capacity. Also ensure these tools are on solid footing, not used close to power lines and in adverse weather conditions.

Workplace Health and safety (WHS)

You need to make sure your people are safe. Failure to do so could mean hefty non-compliance fines and increased insurance costs. WHS helps tie all your safety efforts together ensuring the outcome is greater than the sum of all your safety related activities. So, you need a WHS checklist – this will help you enforce WHS procedures and comply with its laws and regulations.

Confirm that there is a WHS management system in place. Determine non-compliance with WHS laws. Are there outstanding WHS penalties, fines or sanctions? Make sure you understand your obligations and consequences of your actions/ inactions. Are you on the same page with your team – do they understand what is going on and what you are trying to achieve?

Emergency and First Aid

Is there an incidence management procedure in place? Check for the presence and operability of fire extinguishers. A fully stocked first aid kit containing basic treatments and tools as well as wraps, splints, and wound coverings should be on site and readily accessible. Also, the site should also have a first aid guide. Access to a medical facility and emergency numbers of first responders should make the checklist.

Conclusion

Maintaining the safety of a construction site is no mean feat. This simple list of safety checklists contains information to help you make your construction site safe.

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