Sample Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is required and shall be implemented on every project, as outlined by the General Contractor. Proper plans, procedures and protocols shall be in place and posted before any project is initiated.

The General Contractor shall perform a risk / all hazards assessment of the project to best determine possible scenarios and response actions, and shall provide the necessary training before beginning work.

In most cases, building evacuation will be necessary, such as for fires, smoke conditions, building instability or collapse, chemical or odor concerns, carbon monoxide etc. In each case, evacuation from the building (at least 50') shall be required.


Emergency Air Horns shall be placed with fire extinguishers at every exit door and shall be maintained. One long blast for fire, all other emergencies should be multiple blasts.

Because life safety on site is the most important concern, everyone should leave the building. After evacuation, a designated person shall notify the local fire department, ambulance service, police department and owner from a safe location.

After Emergency Services are notified;

  • Contact one of the company (General Contractor and Subcontractor) for reasons of accountability and personnel safety.
  • All evacuees shall be at least 50' from the building, until allowed to re-enter at the discretion of the incident commander / fire officer.
  • No person shall re-enter the building until the fire alarm / horn has been reset or the fire department has permitted re-entry.

The Contact Persons for this site are;


Primary Group

Secondary Group

Name: ______________________________________

Name: _______________________________________

Title: _______________________________________

Title: ________________________________________

Cell Phone: (______) _______ --____________

Cell Phone: (______) _______ --____________

The Emergency Action Team shall consist of:

FIRST TEAM                                                  SECOND TEAM

Person 1A – Superintendent                           Person 2A -
Person 1B – Engineer                                     Person 2B -
Person 1C - Foreman                                      Person 2C - 

In case of any type of emergency, including a fire emergency, the Emergency Action Team shall be contacted immediately.  All lines of emergency communications will then be transmitted on Channel 2 so that the work effort may continue on Channel 1.  The duties of each individual are as follows:

  • Person 1A (Person 2A): At the time of an accident, Person 1A (Person 2A) will immediately report to the scene of the accident.  Person 1A (Person 2A) will direct all supervisory personnel on the project on what must be done at the time of the emergency.  He/She will also direct outside Emergency Medical Teams such as the Fire Department, Ambulance, EMT’s, and any other outside rescue services to the scene of the accident.  In case of fire, Person 1A (Person 2A) will direct all fire fighting apparatus to the scene of the fire and will direct any other outside vehicles that arrive on-site to assist in the effort.  Again, he/she will direct all supervisory personnel on the project with regard to this emergency.
  • Person 1B (Person 2B): At the time of an emergency, Person 1B (Person 2B) will immediately go to the scene of the accident.  Person 1B (Person 2B) will immediately take charge of the scene and will provide medical treatment to any minor injury. 

In addition, Person 1B (Person 2B) will also provide assistance to any Emergency Medical Teams that arrives to handle such injuries, if required.

  • Person 1C (Person 2C): Person 1C (Person 2C) will first dial “911” in the event of an emergency.  He/She will then assist in directing all rescue teams and assist Person 1B (Person 2B) in treating the injured. In case of a fire, he/she will contact the local fire department.  Again, Person 1C (Person 2C) will assist in directing all emergency teams to the scene of an emergency and/or fire and will assist in treating any type of emergency related injuries.

The Project Manager, (Person 1D), will be the designated spokesperson when dealing with the press.
            Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Police                   911
  • Fire                       911
  • Ambulance          911
  • Hospital               911



In case of a Fire Emergency, exit the building/project immediately.

As you are exiting, the first person to reach one of the fire Emergency Air Horns should sound the horn and continue to exit the building. #_____ blast of the air horn indicates an emergency and everyone is required to evacuate the site immediately.

Fire Emergency Air Horns are located at the main entrances to the building construction.  Please be aware that these locations will change throughout the construction process, so make yourself aware of the locations BEFOREan emergency.

If you are unable to reach a Fire Emergency Air Horn within the building, continue to exit the building and report immediately to the DOC trailer, where a reserve Fire Emergency Air Horn will be sounded.

When the Fire Emergency Air Horn is sounded:


EVERYONE is to report to the front of the project trailer for a head count.  It is the responsibility of every foreman for all contractors on site to ensure that everyone in their crew is accounted for and to report this information to the Superintendent.

PLEASE NOTE:  it is imperative that Foreman take an accurate head count at the beginning of each work day to ensure an accurate head count in case of an emergency.


Everyone should remain in front of the trailer or an area designated by the emergency response team until such time that the Fire Emergency is under control.

Dig Safe Notification Form


Before you dig…Contact Dig Safe

In Maine / Massachusetts / New Hampshire / Rhode Island / Vermont .…………. (888) DigSafe or (888) 344-7233

In Connecticut (BUD) ............................................................................................. (800) 922-4455

In New York State .................................................................................................. (800) 962-7962

       - Long Island ................................................................................................... (800) 272-4480



Site Superintendents

Please complete the required notification from below, before contacting Dig Safe or other appropriate agency.  As the site superintendent, you are required to make sure that the area has been pre-marked in white, with excavator company’s name or logo before notification is made.  The original form with Dig Safe approval number(s) must be kept on the job site, with a copy provided to the safety department.

  • The excavator is required to maintain all required markings.



Request File Number____________________________________   Date: ______/______/_________

Time: _____:_____ am/pm

State: ________________________   City or Town: ________________________________________

Project Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Address/Location: ___________________________________________________________________

Intersecting Street: __________________________________________________________________

Type of Work: ______________________________________________________________________

Depth of Work: __________ (in Feet)

Excavation Company: ________________________________________________________________

  • Address: _______________________________________________________________
  • Telephone: (________) _________ - _____________

Utilities notified by Dig Safe: ___________________________________________________________

Utilities notified by General Contractor and Owner: _________________________________________

Dig Safe is not responsible for utilities not installed or maintained by the above, such as those installed by the owner.  The General Contractor and Owner is not responsible for these.



Dig Safe Approval Number: ____________________________________________________________

Start Date: ______/______/_________   Start Time: _____:_____ am/pm               Emergency Yes / No

Name of Requester: _____________________________________   Title: ______________________

Company: _________________________________________________________________________


The Dig Safe File number is good for thirty (30) days.  If your Dig Safe number has / will expire, then contact Dig Safe for a new file number if you are planning to start or continue work after day 30.


In accordance with Massachusetts General Law (MGL Chapter 82, Section 40) a person or company who violates any provision of this section can be fined between $1,000.00 (1st offense) to $10,000.00 (2nd offen



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