Managing the dangers to members of the public and others who may be affected by the operation of construction sites, so security always plays an important role.
Construction Site security is an essential financial issue for construction sites as millions of dollars worth of equipment and supplies are stolen all the time, not to mention expenses associated with replacement, loss of business, and increased insurance premiums. Criminals are also always targeting metal on construction sites, which is also a substantial monetary loss.
Construction sites should hire security firms to provide risk assessments that consider the type of construction work, intricacies, and perimeters, not to mention the extent to which trespassers or guests might be drawn to the site. Perimeters/boundaries need to be specified with appropriate signs so arranged that the scope of any risk extent is readily viewable at all times.
Construction Site Security Risks
Construction Site security is a crucial consideration in protecting employees, contractors, delivery drivers, building supplies, any equipment, and other visitors who may gain entry to the site legally or illegally. Many security problems include vandalism and even children gaining access to the construction site. Some risks include visitors or intruders who may not be aware of construction site hazards, trespassers who steal, vandalize or commit arson, or even children or teenagers who think of the site as an amusement park.
All construction sites have the potential for considerable loss, damage, and harm, not to mention the many hazards lurking around these sites. The only viable solution is to have the appropriate security measures in place. Making it difficult for criminals, which acts as a significant deterrence, is one of the best solutions. Deterrence solutions include using gates, fencing, and barriers, installing an alarm system and CCTV cameras, hiring onsite security officers, and incorporating mobile patrols. Proper perimeter lighting can also be used to deter criminals. Lighting can be on all night or use motion-activated sensors to turn them on and immediately send alarm events notices by email, text, or telephone. An onsite security officer or mobile patrol would then directly check out the alarm. A combination of these security solutions may need to be used for proper security coverage on most construction sites.
Displaying Warning signs
Warning signs are displayed to deliver apparent health, safety, and security message. Failing to understand the meaning of these signs on a site might mean you lose your life. Appropriate notices should be clearly displayed warning that the site is a construction site and that entry is restricted. All signs should be as precise and straightforward as possible and highly visible day or night.
Warning signs don’t tell you what to do, but they are used to make you aware of a danger or a hazard. The first sign you might see on a construction site is a warning sign, with the text ‘Warning Construction Site’ or ‘Danger Construction Site.’ Warning signs need to be clear that the site is restricted to only authorized personnel and that guests should go to the site office before attempting to enter. Warning signs such as “CCTV in Operation” or a security warning sign can also be used to deter criminals effectively.
For most construction sites, it is necessary to use out-of-hours site security by hiring professional security officers. Onsite security officers will need to know and understand site-specific hazards inherent to the site for their safety and not just those associated with criminal activity and theft.
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Morgan Security officers will ensure your site is kept secure 24/7 with their highly visible deterrent to any would-be intruders. Contact us today for a free site assessment.