Daily Archives: February 26, 2020

Construction Site Security

The construction industry has been a major theft target for years because many contractors do not consider using security guards. I have visited many construction sites to offer offers for services and through my site reviews, I have been confused by the ease of accessing most of the construction sites for thieves. I can’t imagine leaving tools and equipment lying in my yard in the open and wishing they were there in the morning.

The two primary sources of theft at most construction sites are from the public and from the construction site workers themselves. In order to provide proper construction site security, a solid plan needs to be developed by the contractor, with strict policies for how tools and equipment is accounted for each day. This is the first essential step in developing an accountability plan. It is amazing how many contractors don’t even realize that tools are missing until the project is completed.

Creating a plan for securing tools and equipment each night, providing specific accountability for securing the tools. Who will secure the tools? When do the tools get secured? Where do the tools get secured? These are all questions that need answers to. Keeping a log book daily with a check sheet to ensure the tools are secured will ensure that proper follow up takes place. Stenciling the company name on tools or painting the tools with a bright color that allows for you to identify it is a company tool from a distance also helps.

Having a proper visitor sign in process will ensure that only authorized persons are on site. I have been able to freely walk around many construction sites with absolutely no one asking me what my business on site is. Most construction sites do not think about challenging people on site because there is no identification being worn by workers. Having badges made up can be very inexpensive and teaching workers to challenge anyone not wearing proper identification can give your site protection from thieves who are casing the property out.

Equipment security on a construction site can be very costly if there are no effective programs in place. Having a way to secure the equipment from being moved such as locking out the steering and locking into place all levers and handles. Ensuring your equipment is secure is a big part of construction site security. Using storage sheds for storing smaller equipment in is a good idea, however, keep in mind that when putting locks on these containers, that the lock should be put on in a way that makes it impossible for bolt cutters. Keeping equipment in a locked container is a target, because the thief only needs to go to one place. By not making it easy for a thief you will find yourself less of a target.

Using guards to patrol the property at night is the best way to reduce loss from vandalism. Setting a security guard program in place at the start of the project can save thousands of dollars in damage and using a security guard company can give your company an image of being cost conscience. Some insurance companies do not pay for all the cost of replacing equipment and having a machine set on fire that is difficult to get, can really set a project back.

Take the safety of construction sites seriously. Costs associated with theft, vandalism, and project delays, moreover the contractor’s reputation can be saved through a few simple steps and wise investment in developing a solid construction site security plan.