Contractors Job Site Checklist

Manual Material Handling

  • Are mechanical devices being used in place of manual handling of material?
  • Are ropes, slings, chains, hook, cables, and chokers in good condition?
  • Proper staging of materials to minimize lifting and carrying? Rigging equipment inspected regularly and in
  • good condition? Is the handling of bagged material limited to 50lbs?
  • Are carrying handles being used when a single worker is carrying sheeted materials?


House-keeping: Slips, Trips and Falls

  • Are walking and working surfaces clear and free of debris?
  • Are waste and trash containers provided, and used?
  • Is there regular removal of waste and trash from the containers? Does each trade cleanup after themselves?
  • Is adequate temporary lighting provided?
  • Is temporary storage of materials and supplies done in an organized fashion?


Fire Protection and Prevention

  • Are all flammable liquid containers clearly identified?
  • Are all flammable liquid containers UL of FM listed?
  • Have proper storage practices for flammables been observed? Are extinguishers readily accessible and serviced regularly?
  • Are hydrants clear and accessible for fire department personnel?
  • Have gas cylinders been chained upright with valve caps securely fastened? Has there been proper segregation between flammable gasses?
  • Proper labeling of full and empty cylinders?
  • Are temporary heaters located at a safe distance from combustibles? Is ventilation adequate for temporary heaters?


  • Are all switch gear, panels, and devices that are energized marked and/or guarded?
  • Lockout devices available/used on circuits that could become energized while being worked?
  • Are all temporary circuits properly guarded and grounded?
  • Are extension cords in continuous lengths without splice?
  • Are GFCI’s and/or Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program being used?
  • If temporary lighting is provided, are bulbs protected against accidental breakage?
  • Are working surfaces clear of cords so as not to create a tripping hazard?
  • Is there a sufficient number of temporary outlets on the job site?
  • Any visual signs of outlet overloading?

Hazard Communication

  • A list of hazardous chemicals?
  • Container labeling?
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)?
  • Employee training?
  • Informing other contractors?
  • Posting?


  • Have utility companies been notified of proposed excavation work?
  • Are all tools, equipment, and shoring materials readily available prior to job start up?
  • Are overhead utility lines noted and precautions taken to avoid contact with equipment?
  • Is the spoil pile at least two feet from the edge of the excavation?
  • Is the excavation inspected daily or more frequently when conditions could affect the soil?
  • If needed, are barricades, stop logs, properly placed?
  • Has soil classification been made by a competent person?
  • Are excavations five feet or deeper correctly sloped, benched, shored or is a trench box used?
  • Is a ladder or other means of egress provided in trenches or excavations six feet or deeper?
  • When ladders are used, do they extend three feet above the surface and are they secured?
  • Are shoring and shielding systems inspected daily by a competent person?
  • Is the trench backfilled as soon a work is completed?