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Best Excavation Safety Checklists

Excavation checklists are used to perform safety inspections and risk assessments for excavation and trenching projects. Excavation checklists are an essential tool used during pre-operations to evaluate the jobsite, utilities and equipment, access means, area atmosphere and support systems to identify problems before they occur. Learn about general excavation safety tips here. This page highlights a collection of regulatory and best practice excavation checklists you can download for free. Use iAuditor to customize your own excavation safety checklist and perform mobile inspections on-site, and generate reports on the spot.

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Excavation Safety Checklist

Use this checklist to perform daily worksite and equipment inspections before starting excavation and trenching work. Begin with recording the excavation purpose, dimensions, soil type, protective systems and equipment being used. Next evaluate the jobsite to ensure utilities, barriers, walkways and warning systems are in place. Also, check if the entry and exit paths are safe and secured. Proceed with assessing the atmosphere underground and the installation of the support systems. Finalize the report by providing safety recommendations and signing off.

OSHA Excavation and Trenching Worksite Analysis

This OSHA template converted using iAuditor is best used to evaluate an excavation area or site if safe before all workers set foot and perform their jobs under the ground. Use iAuditor to capture hazards and check if spoil placements, protection systems and access areas are in place. Evaluate the atmosphere and other environmental factors that may affect safety of the workers.

Excavator (Front Shovel) Equipment Checklist

Use this checklist for start-up and shut-down procedures when operating a front shovel excavator. This template guides you to perform various checks when starting the machine, during warm-up, when moving the machine and when shutting down. This template can be customized for your specific heavy equipment or machinery being used during excavations and trenching.

Excavation Safe Practices Checklist (For Small Business Owners and Contractors)

Business owners and contractors’ responsibility is crucial to protect their workers from serious harm and danger at work. Use this checklist to guide authorized people to perform safe excavation practices. Evaluate if designated competent persons adhere to regulatory excavation standards and if visual inspections are conducted. Use iAuditor as a record keeper of these inspections for safety purposes.

Excavation Risk Assessment

An excavation risk assessment aims to determine hazards and the severity and likelihood of each excavation hazard. This checklist can be used to prioritize which hazards need immediate actions to be controlled or eliminated. A reference chart is provided to categorize a hazard and rate it based on risk assessment matrices. Provide controls and preventive measures to improve safety in the workplace. Download more risk assessment templates here.

Toolbox Talk Meeting Record

Use this toolbox talk log before commencing work on excavations and trenching. Gather and collaborate with the team to discuss unresolved and existing issues that need to be addressed to avoid problems from occurring during operations. Make sure to record what was discussed during the toolbox talk and validate it by having all participants sign off using the iAuditor app.

PPE Safety Checklist

When working on a trench or excavation, suitable protective clothing like hard hats, gloves and high visibility vests must be worn by all workers at all times. Use this template to identify risks and hazards associated with the task performed and select the proper PPE to use.


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