Construction Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Checklist
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This template will help identify common construction site hazards.
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1. Working at Heights

1.1. Fall risks of 2m or more? (including voids, pits, and trenches)
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1.2. Lack of edge protection?
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1.3. Unsafe or incomplete edge protection?
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2. Plant and Equipment

2.1. Unsafe or damaged plant/equipment? (including missing or damaged guards)
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2.2. Incorrect plant /equipment for job? (e.g. grinding discs for cutting)
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2.3. Unsafe or incompatible attachments used with plant/equipment?
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2.4. Unlicensed operators?
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2.5. Lack of safe work instructions?
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2.6. Lack of training in safe operation, clean-up and maintenance?
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2.7. Lack of LOTO procedures for cleaning, servicing and maintenance?
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2.8. Lack of inspection regime?
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3. Scaffolds

3.1. Unlicensed persons erecting scaffold above 4m?
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3.2. Unsafe or incomplete scaffold?
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3.3. Lack of inspection protocol for scaffold?
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3.4. Incompatible scaffold components? Unlabelled or do not meet AS?
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3.5. Safe Work Load (SWL) exceeded? (tools, stored materials, number of persons)
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4. Lifting Equipment

4.1. Unsafe or damaged plant?
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4.2. Loads lifted over persons, close proximity to obstacles incl. overhead power lines?
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4.3. Lack of maintenance, testing and inspection?
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4.4. Lack of SWL information displayed?
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4.5. Lack of daily inspection protocol?
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4.6. Unsafe or damaged lifting equipment, including ropes, slings, chains, hooks?
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4.7. Lifting equipment unlabelled, does not meet AS, no SWL displayed?
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4.8. Unlicensed operators?
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4.9. Lack of LOTO procedures for cleaning, servicing and maintenance?
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4.10. SWL of plant or any lifting equipment exceeded?
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5. Harness and Equipment

5.1. Unsafe or damaged harness or equipment?
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5.2. Incompatible hooks/equipment?
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5.3. Unlabelled or does not meet AS?
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5.4. Unsafe or uncertified anchor points?
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5.5. Lack of inspection protocol for equipment?
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5.6. Lack of or inadequate formal training for operators?
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6. Ladders

6.1. Unsafe or damaged ladders?
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6.2. Unsafe positioning of ladders?
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6.3. Ladder not properly secured?
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6.4. Ladder unsuitable for job? (e.g. metal ladder used for electrical work)
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7. Hazardous Manual Tasks

7.1. Lack of identification hazardous manual tasks?
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7.2. Lack of assessment of hazardous manual tasks?
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7.3. Inadequate risk controls? (examples: no job rotation, lighter loads, trolleys, lifting equipment, etc)
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7.4. Lack of training in risk controls and safe lifting/ team lifting techniques?
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8. Hazardous Chemical (including fuel and oil)

8.1. Unsafe storage location? (e.g. flammables near ignition sources, spills could enter stormwater drains, etc)
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8.2. Incompatible chemicals stored near each other?
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8.3. Inadequate spill containment equipment?
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8.4. Safety Data Sheets not accessible on site?
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8.5. Lack of emergency procedures for injury/spills/fire etc?
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8.6. Excessive quantities stored on site or in vehicles?
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8.7. Insufficient ventilation?
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8.8. Insufficient, or incorrect, PPE?
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8.9. Unsuitable storage containers? (unlabeled or stored in food containers)
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9. Emergency Response

9.1. Lack of, or no emergency plans for site?
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9.2. Emergency procedures not displayed at site?
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9.3. Lack of training and rehearsal of emergency plans?
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9.4. Lack of, or inadequate first aid kits aid equipment for site?
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9.5. Insufficient access to formally trained First Aiders for all shifts?
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9.6. Unsuitable or inadequate communication equipment?
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10. Traffic Management

10.1. Lack of, or inadequate, Traffic Management Plan (TMP) in place?
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10.2. Lack of training in TMP for all persons on site? (contractors and visitors)
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10.3. Inadequate controls for TMP? (physical barriers, bollards, speed limits, flashing lights, spotters, etc)
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11. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

11.1. Lack of, or inadequate PPE (including sun protection)
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11.2. Lack of system to issue, inspect, replace and monitor PPE?
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11.3. Lack of training in safe use, clean-up and inspection of PPE?
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12. Work Environment

12.1. Lack of/or inadequate amenities? (toilets, wash areas, lunch rooms, etc)
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12.2. Insufficient lighting?
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12.3. Inadequate housekeeping?
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12.4. Lack of, or inadequate noise/ vibration control?
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13. Electrical Hazards

13.1. Unsafe electrical leads? (damaged, out of test date or untested)
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13.2. Lack of RCD protection?
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13.3. Contact with underground assets?
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13.4. Contact with overhead electrical lines?
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13.5. Overloading outlets?
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13.6. Leads placed on ground or on metal structures?
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13.7. Electrical equipment near water?
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13.8. Electrical equipment near flammables?
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13.9. Electrical equipment near chemicals that could cause damage?
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13.10. Electrical leads that may be damaged from contact with moving machinery parts?
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13.11. Electrical leads on work surfaces?
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13.12. Lack of Lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) procedures for electrical equipment?
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14. Environmental Hazards

14.1. Lack of/or inadequate Environmental Management plan (EMP)?
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14.2. Lack of/or inadequate, dust suppression system?
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14.3. Lack of/or inadequate systems to prevent contaminants entering stormwater drains?
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14.4. Lack of water re-use systems?
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15. Administrative Procedures

15.1. Lack of/or inadequate Site Safety Plan?
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15.2. Failure to obtain permits (Council, EPA, WHS, also Hot Works, Confined Space etc)
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15.3. Lack of, or inadequate, induction for workers, contractors, visitors?
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15.4. Lack or, or inadequate, supervisory arrangements?
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15.5. Lack of/or inadequate training, licenses, skills, experience?
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15.6. Lack of/or inadequate Safe Work Method Statements (SWSM) for high- risk work?
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15.7. Lack of, or inadequate system to review SWMS as needed?
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15.8. Lack of/or inadequate incident notification procedures?
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15.9. Lack of, or inadequate, routine inspections, monitoring, audits?
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15.10. Lack of/or inadequate consultative arrangements?
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