Construction sites contain a lot of valuable equipment that builders will want to protect. Unfortunately, construction sites also attract thieves and trespassers. For this reason, keeping your construction site properly protected is important to ensure that your equipment and project remain intact. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your construction site safe, both in the long run and on a daily basis. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you promote safety on your construction site to keep it safe.
1. Establish a safety plan
One of the most important things you can do to keep your construction site safe is to develop a safety plan. Map your jobsite, identify valuable assets and vulnerable points and develop a strategy to protect them. You may want to hire a professional security company that will assess your property and makes appropriate suggestions that best suit your property. You should also create an emergency plan and make sure all your employees know how to respond and who to call.
2. Set the perimeter
To protect your job site, you need to create a perimeter to keep anything of value inside. Consider installing fencing and gates to keep your site safe and intruders out. Securing the perimeter is a good way to keep track of all your assets and make sure they are protected. It will also deter potential thieves and intruders from entering the site, as they will have barriers and be aware that you are serious about security.
3. Install lights
Keeping your construction site lit at night can help improve security. When areas of your site are lit, it will be easier to see intruders on your property at night. This increased visibility will deter many criminals from entering. If someone enters your site at night, it will be much easier for passersby to witness illegal activity and alert the authorities.
4. Lock up your valuables
Leaving equipment on your site is unavoidable, as bringing it all back would be implausible and a waste of time and resources. It is impossible to lock up large equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, and partially built structures. However, many pieces of equipment can be locked in shipping containers at night. Keep as many pieces of valuable equipment as possible to protect these materials. Equipment locked securely in these containers will be protected from theft and vandalism.
5. Schedule deliveries as needed
When you order in bulk, you will have materials and equipment on your site and not used for long periods. These materials will not be closely monitored and will be very vulnerable to theft. Instead of this approach, schedule your deliveries as needed to avoid having large amounts of equipment sitting on your site for long periods of time. Scheduling deliveries as needed will prevent you from having excess materials lying around.
6. Posting signs
Signs that say “no public access site” won’t be very effective in keeping intruders out. However, signs that include a security company logo can be effective when accompanied by a surveillance system. Signs warning potential intruders that the site is being monitored will deter them from fear of being caught and arrested. While the signs themselves may be an ineffective tactic, signs with a security company’s logo that accompany a surveillance system can be a very effective deterrent to keep intruders out.
7. Have a security risk assessment
If you are dealing with a long-term project, one of the best things you can do to protect your construction site is to have a security risk assessment performed by a professional security company. During the assessment, a professional will visit your site and identify any weak points in your safety. They will also provide suggestions on the best ways to improve those vulnerabilities and protect your property. When you have a security risk assessment, you will have all the information you need to keep your construction site as safe and secure as possible.
8. Install monitoring systems
One of the best ways to keep your job site safe is to install a surveillance system. Surveillance cameras will monitor your entire job site, protecting your equipment. When an event occurs, the security guard monitoring your equipment can take action or alert the authorities to resolve the problem. Surveillance systems are the best way to monitor your construction site and ensure that you know what is happening on your site at all times.
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