Construction Audit Checklist

Updated March 23, 2017

A construction audit checklist is an in-depth, step-by-step review of various tools, procedures and techniques that infrastructure foremen must follow. The checklist provides the conceptual framework that enables auditors and construction managers to monitor workers' activities. Audit tools and procedures benefit the economy by preventing occupational accidents and ensuring the security of infrastructure projects, such as road construction initiatives.

General Inspection

At the beginning of the audit, a construction reviewer ensures that project managers publish information necessary to alert the public about the ongoing program. General inspection data include posters and safety signs, minutes of periodic safety meetings, emergency telephone numbers readily accessible and substance-abuse policies.

Site Security

Site security ensures that construction managers use hazard lights, secure equipment and machinery, protect drop-offs and secure open ditches. Managers must also flag or barricade utility ditches, lower ladders and post warning signs.

Fire Protection and Prevention

Construction auditors keep a close eye on fire protection and prevention tools and equipment because these tools prevent significant occupational hazards. Auditors verify that adequate fire extinguishers are available and that managers post phone numbers of the nearest fire brigades.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment that construction auditors pay close attention to include respirators and face-protection gear, such as glasses, goggles and shields. Other equipment include gloves, hard hats and special respirators that protect against harmful dust, asbestos, sand blasting and welding.

Orderliness and Material Storage

A construction reviewer ensures that workers maintain facilities in accordance with regulations. Specifically, the auditor verifies the regular disposal of waste and trash, the maintenance of fire lines, control policies over combustibles and dust protection techniques.

Confined Space Procedures

Auditors ensure construction managers instruct workers on how to enter and manoeuvre in confined spaces. Particularly, reviewers pay attention to signs posted to identify confined spaces, rules concerning standby persons and emergency equipment for standby persons.

Environmental Awareness

Environmental awareness policies relate to hazardous waste management, storage of dangerous substances, marking and labelling, contingency procedures and inspection plans. Construction auditors review these policies to ensure their effectiveness in protecting the environment.

Health Hazard Control

Health hazard control enables construction foremen to ensure the safety and security of employees, especially in areas with potential geological disruptions, such as mining accidents and earthquakes. Hazard control procedures include times of exposures on time cards, medical records and personnel protection techniques.

Hoists, Cranes, Derricks and Rigging

Construction auditors review rental and acquisition policies of heavy-duty equipment to ensure that operating records are accurate and complete. Specifically, auditors ensure that construction foremen train operators properly, use appropriate tag lines, post adequate signals and use correct chain falls.

Electrical Safety

Electrical safety reviews help auditors make sure there are no inadequate items on site, including exposed wires, broken insulation on cords and cracked or broken receptacle covers.

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Marquis Codjia is a New York-based freelance writer, investor and banker. He has authored articles since 2000, covering topics such as politics, technology and business. A certified public accountant and certified financial manager, Codjia received a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, majoring in investment analysis and financial management.