Construction sites can be dangerous places. There are different types of risks that come with construction sites: safety risks, health risks and even the risk of theft or criminal damage. However, accidents and mishaps can easily happen.
If you run a construction site, you are responsible for the safety of your employees, as well as responsible for the machinery onsite. Hiring a security guard can help in the day-to-day managing of the site, as well as looking out for the safety of your workforce.
Below we have listed several risks that can affect the security of your construction site, and how we believe you should tackle them.
In 2017, theft of construction sites cost the industry over £800 million with 21% of construction site managers claiming that their sites are being robbed on a weekly basis. If the right preventive measures are not in place, expensive tools and machinery can disappear overnight. This leaves site managers with little else to do other than make a police report and spend more money on replacing the stolen goods.
Hiring security guards to patrol your construction site will act as a visual deterrent to potential thieves and help to protect your site from theft or criminal damage. Typically, hiring a security guard to protect your equipment which will be less expensive than replacing what has been stolen.
Construction sites are high risk environments. In 2016-17, there were 64,000 non-fatal injuries to workers on construction sites. Employees can be working from heights, working with heavy machinery or electrical equipment and accidents can happen very easily.
Security guards that are SIA licensed have been trained in emergency procedures, making them essential when health and safety is at risk. They can also ensure that safety protocols are being followed, such as all employees needing to wear a hard hat.
If you manage a construction site, you will know that only authorised personnel are allowed onsite. By restricting who is allowed onsite, you reduce the likelihood of theft, vandalism or squatting. Construction sites are typically busy places and due to the risks involved, it is beneficial to hire a dedicated security guard to monitor who comes on and off site.
Showing just a “No Trespassing” sign is simply not enough to deter unwanted people on your site. It takes qualified personnel to effectively protect a construction site. As well as providing security guards, Churchill Security can install and monitor onsite CCTV which will also act as deterrent and ensure that your site is properly protected.
Arguments and confrontation can happen anywhere, at any time. If an argument was to get out of hand, whether between workers or other individuals, security guards can help to calm down the situation and ensure that it doesn’t escalate.
If a situation escalates and a crime occurs, SIA licensed security guards are experts at managing such situations. They can act as a liaison with law enforcement and help to detain someone who has committed an offence while the appropriate personnel arrive to deal with the matter.
Most construction sites will have pre-installed fire safety systems and alarms. This means that workers will be held responsible for reporting on any fire hazards or incidents. A fire warden trained officer will be able to monitor the site and in the event of a fire, evacuate everybody on the site.
Churchill Security can provide first aid-trained security guards, as well as fire safety and fire warden trained guards. When you choose Churchill for your construction site security, you can rest assured that the appropriate measures have been taken to keep your site safe and secure.
If you think that your construction site needs trained personnel onsite, Churchill Security can provide you with a first-class service at a reasonable price. What’s more, we will assess your site and make considered recommendations to give you the best protection, meet your needs and your budget.
Churchill Security is a leading provider of security services and we deploy the most highly-trained security guards. We supply tailored construction and building site security services across the country. Get in touch today to find out more about our solutions.