No matter the location, building sites can be vulnerable despite the physical security present. Although sometimes looking like nothing more than a demolition site, there are still plenty of opportunities for vandals, thieves or trespassers.
Here are 7 ways a security guard can help keep your site safe:
1. Controlling Site Access: Although a little self-explanatory, controlling site access properly minimizes risks, loss and ease of mind for the foreman/builder. Ensuring only authorized personnel are on site helps protect any property or equipment from theft or vandalism. Correct implementation of a signing-in register can also be invaluable post-construction in identifying who was on site and when, should the need arise. An active register also serves as a point of accountability when handing over responsibility or duties.
2. Deterrence: A visible presence is important when dealing with opportunists or thieves. Construction materials & tools often have a high price tag, which can entice even the tradesmen/contractors themselves. This insider knowledge means that guards must be vigilant to ensure tools or materials do not leave the site without prior authorization. This is especially relevant with larger sites or sites with increased traffic.
3. Vandals and Trespassers: Vacant properties attract much attention from vandals and potential squatters. A visible presence must be maintained to meet any persons attempting to gain access. While protecting the property is the primary duty, guards also have to be vigilant for the safety of the staff and the trespassers themselves. Construction sites can be dangerous places for vulnerable persons, children and the homeless are often enticed by vacant properties or equipment. Extra care must be taken to ensure no unauthorized persons are on site at any time.
4. Fire Safety: Construction sites rarely have fire detection systems in place during demolition or construction. Guards are trained in fire safety and are often the only fire prevention measure in place during evening hours. A well-trained guard will manage evacuation, attempt to minimize damage and liaise with emergency services as quickly and efficiently as possible.
5. Hazard Prevention: Guards can identify potential hazards via regular patrols. This helps ensures a high level health & safety procedures are in place. Should an accident arise, first aid training combined with first hand site knowledge allows the guard to take the role of first responder.
6. Conflict Resolution: Conflict between contractors can sometimes occur in the bustling environment of a working building site. A guard can be on hand to respond to these occurrences to prevent them where possible, intervene when needed and provide a neutral ground to resolve disputes.
Correctly budgeting for proper security cover could save you vast amounts of money in the long run, preventing hidden costs in damage, loss or legal matters. Can you afford NOT to have security?