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It is no secret that the construction industry has experienced something of a boom over the past few years. The Office of National Statistics most recently reported that the value of construction work reached its highest level on record at £109,387 million with three quarters of that driven by the private sector. When you couple that with Sadiq Khan’s London Housing Strategy, pledging 65,000 new homes per year over the next 10 years as well as 116,000 affordable homes by 2022, it is clear that construction – especially in London - is unlikely to slow down any time soon.
With such ambitious targets being set, construction companies are naturally under pressure to meet deadlines and deliver new builds effectively and efficiently. Furthermore, the quicker a project is completed, the quicker the next build can be started and the next source of income acquired. And one of the best ways of ensuring such time-efficiency is for the construction company to partner with a security firm for the duration of the project.
There are a great number of benefits to hiring a professional team of security operatives for a construction or redevelopment project.
Obviously, safety and protection is the primary objective of a security company and in an environment where there might be any number of tradesmen, professionals and visitors due at the site each day, project managers can be sure that access is never granted to trespassers or those seeking to do harm.
The secondary effect of this access control is that it also keeps those out who might seek to vandalise or steal, which could be costly in terms of both time and money.
Furthermore, depending on the sensitivity of the site (schools, hospitals, for example), the ability to control access has a heightened importance. Not only are the workers at risk but vulnerable members of society can also be in danger. At such locations, it would be wise to hand the responsibility over to those who are experienced at dealing with external threats and who can be trusted to guarantee a secure perimeter at all times.
Another significant benefit is having bodies on site 24 hours a day. At night time especially, a construction site can be vulnerable and a likely target for thieves, squatters or vandals with expensive machinery and tools often left on site. It is simply not worth the risk of disruption when there is a comparatively cost-effective solution.
Health and Safety
A reputable security company will be able to provide staff who are First Aid trained and have undergone Health and Safety training. Having an extra body, equipped to help in the event of an accident, is naturally an added reassurance for workers who are often engaged with dangerous tools and equipment and exposed to numerous hazards on a daily basis.
By working with a reliable security team, project managers and site staff are free to dedicate their time fully to the project without worrying about outside threats. Security operatives are professionally trained and licenced, and equipped to deal with problems quickly and with minimal disturbance, offering invaluable peace of mind for everyone involved.
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