Security Matters on Construction Sites

Security Matters on Construction Sites

28th February 2018

Last week we brought you news of the latest internet craze, the Facebook “24 Hour Fort Challenge” which has seen youngsters surreptitiously spending the night in IKEA and other large stores and warehouses without getting caught.  This made us aware that we can never take our eyes off the prize when it comes to construction site security.  It’s risky enough for youngsters to be spending the night in large stores, warehouses are probably even more dangerous.  However, if this craze goes on to include construction sites, then the risks really do start to become overwhelming.  While it’s probably the case that another, totally unrelated internet craze is likely to take over from this one and become the main focus for youngsters, we think it’s time to take another look at security on construction sites.

Site security is just as important as the building activities and other work that goes on onsite.  A building site that’s not secure will be prone to vandalism and theft, if not a bunch of kids looking to impress all their mates on Facebook and Instagram.  An unsecured site that’s accessed by people who aren’t trained in the safety measures necessary could lead to injuries and even deaths.  Its’ happened before, there have been several cases of children entering construction sites to play on them and some of these have ended in tragedy.

The first step in ensuring site security is to carry out a risk analysis which can either be done in-house or through an external contractor who specialises in site security.  All potential threats and hazards should be considered and then an assessment carried out of the likelihood and severity if they should occur.  From these points, policies or further investments can be instigated in order to reduce these risks.

Next step is to secure the perimeter as this is where unauthorised people will enter.  Secure fencing and gates should be installed and any temporary work sites can be protected with temporary hoardings.   Fences and gates need to be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are still secure – this is particularly vital when temporary fencing is used.

One of the best methods of ensuring site security is employing a security guard to be onsite during non-working hours.  However, this is not usually possible so using a security service that carries out regular checks during non-working hours can be a much more cost-efficient option.

CCTV can act as a deterrent and is more economical than hiring a security guard or security service.  However, the main drawback with CCTV is that it doesn’t prevent entry to the site, but rather acts as a deterrent and also provides evidence for incidents once they have occurred.

Signing in and signing out of a construction site is an effective method of knowing who is onsite at any given moment.  It’s just as important that visitors to the site undergo the signing in/out process, as stringent management of all site entry points helps to increase site security overall.