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Construction is an industry that is not only profitable for those involved in the designing, building and manufacturing areas, but also for criminals who resell stolen vehicles, machinery, tools and materials. This makes construction sites a magnet for theft, as well as vandalism and even deliberate fires, so using the best construction site security methods is imperative.
By using construction site security methods and encouraging site workers to follow a safety plan, your equipment, staff and potential members of the public will be protected. Here are six tips on how to keep a construction site secure to help you start your safety plan.
No two construction sites are the same, which is why there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to a risk analysis. You will need to assess the physical and operational security across each phase of the work on site, as well as consider any changes that may occur. Think about areas that are exposed to external people, times that machines may be unattended and how open the entrances are.
An easy way to see who is on the construction site and who isn’t is to implement a sign in and sign out procedure. You’ll be able to see who is currently working, if there are any guests on site and when everyone has signed out to ensure the construction site is secure. This procedure also provides you with a register in case of a fire or other emergency. You could implement a fob system or, better still, install a manned guard to physically check that the ID matches the person attempting to enter the site.
One way to deter criminals from entering a site, to prevent access to children if the site is at a school or college, for example, and to keep a construction site secure is to surround a site perimeter with 2m high fencing. Make sure you check for gaps underneath, especially if there is uneven ground, and keep each section stable with weights to stop any movement. If you have a security guard on site, their job might also include sporadic patrolling of the perimeter.
To further secure your perimeter, purchase security cameras and install them at points that could be weaker or more attractive for easy break ins. You can also position them at the entrance and exit of a site, as well as any areas that are used by external visitors, such as loading bays. This, combined with the sign in and sign out procedure, will provide a clear view of who is coming and going.
It is understandable why vehicles and heavy machinery are targeted in construction site thefts, so in order to secure yours, make sure you completely immobilise and lock them away from view, if possible. Keeping the equipment and the lock up procedure out of sight is a great way to deter anyone intent on attempting to steal. You should also never leave the keys near or in an area around the immobilised equipment.
Once you have your construction site security methods laid out and a plan formed, it’s essential for all of your site staff to undergo the correct training. This should involve a thorough course for new employees and a refresher course for current employees, plus specialised training for senior members of staff.
By creating a secure construction site and having an understanding of why a construction site needs to be secured, you will provide your staff with a safe place to work, resulting in projects that are delivered efficiently and smoothly. You’ll also rest easy knowing that your site is secured against threats and safe for your workforce.
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