There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a project completed without problems. What was once a vacant lot now contains a building, and your company was the one to build it. However, construction sites are often targeted by vandals and thieves because of easy access to equipment and tools. Furthermore, there is the issue of employee or public injury to consider given the many inherent dangers of a construction site. Here are a few ways you can bolster safety and security at your construction sites, whether used individually or in conjunction with one another.
One of the most obvious ways to secure the construction site, both from theft and injury, is to fence in the area. Fencing is relatively inexpensive, and, while not impregnable, can serve to alert the public to the ‘off limits’ status of the area and prevent casual observers from getting too close. This isn’t foolproof, of course, because fences can be climbed or even cut, but they do provide an obstacle to would-be predators. Quality locks on offices and equipment also serve as deterrents to those hoping to grab objects and get away quickly.
This is another obvious aspect of construction site security because posted signs warn the public of the inherent danger of the site. Additional signs warning of guards, alarms or surveillance can also serve to discourage casual theft. Knowledgeable workers and an informed public only make it that much easier to maintain safety.
In today’s world of Wi-Fi and other remote connections, construction security and surveillance is no longer as difficult as it once was. Cameras and motion sensors connected to your computer or phone can alert you to intruders or possible safety hazards in a matter of seconds, and you can monitor the site at any time from anywhere. It also makes it easier to observe workers and ensure they are following safety protocols.
In the event of accidents or injuries, there is a record of what occurred, should it be needed to prevent workers’ compensation claims or lawsuits. And while a monitored site won’t deter all predators, it will give pause to some and provide pertinent information should theft occur.
With all the technology at our fingertips, it’s often easy to dismiss the value of a live person guarding your site. An individual has the mobility that many digital means of surveillance don’t possess. A guard, whether armed or not, has the capability of notifying law enforcement and evaluating what they see on the site to determine the best course of action. What’s more, a live guard isn’t incapacitated by a power outage.
It only takes a few moments for months of negotiations and hard work to be damaged or delayed due to theft, vandalism or injury, so it’s a good idea for construction sites to be protected both physically and digitally. A combination of physical deterrents, such as fences and signs, and digital monitoring can ensure the site is safe for workers and protected from damage.