Construction Site Security during the School Summer Holidays

Construction Site Security during the School Summer Holidays

01st August 2017

With the school summer holidays well underway we’re seeing more children out and about on the streets, in the parks, in our towns, suburbs and countryside.  While most children nowadays are closely supervised during the summer holidays, that’s not always the case and there are still families that allow their children to go out for the day on their own and come home at tea-time.  Most of these unsupervised children will end up on local high streets in towns across the UK, looking for entertainment and stuff to do.  However, in some areas, children out playing on the streets in their neighbourhood may be tempted to wander a little further than they should, especially when they’re on a quest for something to do.  This is where building site security comes into play.  The days are still long and it’s light outside well after most workers on a construction site have gone home.  Children playing in the area are likely to be tempted to slip through a hole in the fence and play on the building site which puts them at real risk.

According to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) each year two or three children die here in the UK after managing to gain access to building sites and many more are injured.  Although the number of fatalities has gone down in recent years, deaths do still occur on an annual basis and these are deaths that could be avoided. 

If you think back to your own childhood, it’s probably easy to see why construction sites hold such an appeal for youngsters looking for somewhere to play – they look interesting and exciting and are usually full of items and equipment that looks as if they would serve as pretty handy swings or climbing frames.  However, building sites are definitely not playgrounds and anybody who enters a site unauthorised is taking a risk.

While there are steps that businesses and construction site managers can take to make a site more secure and prevent children from gaining access, we have to remember that kids can be quite resourceful and they fit through smaller spaces than adults do.  Before leaving for the day, managers should make sure that they lock away hazardous substances and that ladders and other access equipment are removed and stored safely where possible.  It’s also vital that building sites are securely locked, that fences are regularly inspected for damage, etc.

Another great way of preventing children accessing building sites is for local businesses to engage with the local schools and communities to ensure that children and their parents are fully aware of just how dangerous a building site really is.  Children are the responsibility of their parents and, as such, it really is up to the parents to know where their children are playing.  As parents, if we allow our kids to play away from the home unsupervised, then it’s vital to make sure we make them aware of the dangers of entering any piece of land, building or site when they are not authorised to do so.