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Why Your Construction Site Needs a Scaffold Alarm

Running a construction site can be a tricky business, but when a site becomes a victim of theft or vandalism, it can become even more complicated.

One of the things that can make a building site particularly vulnerable is scaffolding, so if you want to minimise risk, protect your possessions and keep people safe, installing a scaffold alarm is imperative. Here’s why:

 

Insurance

While scaffolding is erected, it’s not just your equipment that’s up for grabs – it’s your client’s too. And if you don’t have a site scaffold alarm installed, or the appropriate insurance companies haven’t been told that scaffolding has been put up, policies can become null and void.

 

Vandals

Scaffolding can provide an easy leg up, making your client’s property an easy target for vandals. The cost of rectifying vandalism can be extremely high, leading to irreparable damage, site downtime and loss of revenue. A scaffold alarm can act as enough of a deterrent, as well as alert you in the event that your site has trespassers.

 

Lifesaving

Buildings that have scaffolding erected can be a huge temptation to youngsters looking for somewhere to explore. Unfortunately, scaffolding can pose a huge safety risk and left unsupervised, trespassers could do themselves some serious damage by slipping or falling. Installing a scaffold alarm helps deter intruders, and in turn can save lives.

 

Protection

Taking all machinery and equipment home at the end of a working day can be virtually impossible, so leaving some items on site is a given. A scaffold alarm acts as an extra insurance policy in protecting your equipment by acting as a deterrent to thieves and opportunists.

 

At Suttie Site Services, we offer a huge range of scaffold alarms perfect for your requirements. From beam and PIR sensors, to lighting and CCTV systems that will help you deter and detect intruders, we’re a one stop shop for all things site security. To find out more, please call us on: 0844 241 5300.

Our Guide to Construction Site Security

Vandalism, equipment and material theft on construction sites are a major source of loss for building companies. And although insurance might offset some losses, you’re still sure to experience financial loss in the form of site downtime, production delays and the replacement of depreciated items with new equipment.

Making sure you have a watertight security plan for your construction site is the only way to ensure that your site and staff are well protected. At Suttie Site Services, we’ve come up with the top five ways that you can protect your site and profits.

  1. Have a plan

When you’re planning a major construction project, you’ll undoubtedly have several plans on the go simultaneously. But one of the plans that often gets overlooked is a job site security plan. Having a written security plan and policy specific to the job site is the only way you can ensure you have all bases covered. If you are unsure what needs doing, call in a professional to draw up a secure plan.

  1. Encourage site security awareness

If you have a weak link in your workforce that leaves your site open to intruders, it doesn’t matter how fantastic your security plan is. It only takes one member of staff to leave a gate open or not turn an alarm off to make your site a victim of a break in. Educate your workforce on site security and make them aware of all the protective measures you’ve put in place, so that they don’t accidentally slip up.

  1. Identify your valuable assets

Listing all your valuable tools and assets is particularly important and allows you to quickly notice if any are missing or damaged. If you do get broken into, it also gives you a clear list of possessions that you had on the job ready for insurance purposes.

  1. Invest in CCTV

CCTV is often used to enhance site security and can act as a deterrent to criminal activity. It’s always best to work out what type you will use at the site planning stage as it will determine which type of equipment is best for the job. CCTV images can be monitored on site or remotely, and most systems have an inbuilt speaker to allow a remote operator to issue commands, such as to warn intruders to leave a site.

  1. Invest in security fencing or a security officer

Aside from CCTV and scaffold alarms, investing in hoarding or an onsite security officer can be a fantastic way of bolstering security. Hoarding can help to hide any equipment that might be tempting to thieves, while having an onsite 24-hour presence is sometimes all you need to deter an intruder.

At Suttie Site Services, we offer a huge range of site security services. For more information please call: 0844 241 5300.

Why a Site Access Control System is Essential for Your Construction Site

 

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As an employer, you have the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of your staff, however long they are contracted to work for you. Working on a construction site, your staff are exposed to a higher level of risk. In addition, there are dangers to consider which could potentially affect the public:

 

  • Materials or tools falling outside the site boundary
  • Trenches
  • Moving plant and vehicles

 

By law you must safeguard your construction site from unnecessary risks. According to HSE, you’ll need to take the right precautions with boundaries, adjacent land usage and access to exclude unauthorised persons and improve the health and safety of your site.

 

Restricting site access

Securing your premises by restricting access in and out of work hours, is crucial to protect the public from potential hazards and yourself from instances of theft or vandalism. If, as the contractor, you have possession of the site, you have an obligation to provide access to the principal and other authorised personnel. You’ll need to consider if there are any limits to their access in accordance with health, safety and security. When considering other staff, you should ensure that their access rights won’t interfere with the performance of their work or the project itself. Supervision will be necessary for authorised visitors as they are on site or visiting certain areas.

Setting site boundaries
Site boundaries should be defined by suitable fencing depending on the work environment.

It’s also a good idea to install fencing in secluded or low visibility areas to deter thieves after work hours. Separate entry and exit points should be set up for heavy plant and vehicle access to improve pedestrian safety.

 

Authorisation

In order to better control authorisation of staff and visitors, an access control system can be used to record exactly who has access to your site and to block unauthorised persons.

 

  • An access control system automatically links up with the data of your personnel. This will help to prevent the loss or damage to site assets and lower the risk of injury to staff and the public.

 

  • You’ll be automatically meeting legal safety and security requirements. This will protect you from liability should a health and safety or security incident occur.

 

  • At Suttie Site Services our systems can also be used for time and attendance, helping with overall project management.

 

We design, install and maintain custom access control system solutions for all construction sites. We can also provide proximity card access and biometric systems through finger prints, voice and facial recognition for increased site security. To find out more about securing your site with an access control system, you can call us on 0844 241 5300 to discuss your requirements.

Securing Your Construction Site against Theft

Crime at a construction site can be very costly for building firms. Vandalism and theft in particular can be an expensive problem for construction businesses, in some cases adding up to hundreds, thousands, millions or even billions annually. The most commonly stolen items include smaller equipment or materials such as power tools or bags of cement, however, theft of large plant machinery isn’t uncommon.

Power tools can be very vulnerable to theft as they are not only easy to carry in many cases, but can have a very high resale value to other builders that are looking to equip themselves as cheaply as possible, with little care to the victims of the crime. With this in mind, it’s essential for building site managers to take any steps that they can to secure their assets.

There are a few effective measures that can be put into place:

CCTV systems

CCTV

 

CCTV systems can be a highly effective solution for preventing building site crime. CCTV systems can be professionally monitored 24 hours a day from a central monitoring facility, so that the authorities can be notified should there be any evidence of trespassers on site. The presence of CCTV systems can also be a crime deterrent – criminals will always look to commit crime with as little risk as possible and are much less likely to target a site that is monitored at all hours of the day, even if there is nobody on site to stop them.

Man guarding

Whilst security technology can be useful and effective, in some cases, the presence of security staff on site is the most effective deterrent. Man guarding can be an extremely cost effective solution and allows for any actions against possible theft can be dealt with on site, without the need for someone offsite to be on call.

Alarm systems

Statistics suggest that home theft is much less likely for properties with visible alarm systems, and the same can be said for construction sites. An alarm system suggests the risk of getting caught, so in most cases, criminals will decide against trespassing.

If you have been affected by the financial strain of equipment theft in the past, or are simply looking to beef up your building site security, call Suttie Site Services today on 0844 241 5300 or fill in our online contact form to find out how we can assist you.

Solar Lighting and how it can be a great cost effective solution for your site

Having an effective lighting solution for your building site is essential for many reasons. Obviously for staff working on site after daylight hours and into the early evening it is vital to have sufficient light to do the job properly and safely. However, it is also vital to have adequate lighting at times when the public may require access and for the overall security of the site.

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Over the years we have provided a number of effective lighting solutions and we know what works best in different situations. Something that is becoming more popular as technology advances however, is the use of solar lighting. This is especially the case in areas where there is no access to mains electricity, or where that access is difficult. At Suttie Site Services we offer solar lighting because we feel it can be advantageous in the three following ways.

It is flexible

Solar lighting can be used in a variety of places which makes it very flexible. It can be permanently fixed by pole mounting, but it can also be used on a temporary basis at different parts of the site.

It keeps costs down

Traditional lighting has associated costs that solar lighting does not. For instance solar lighting does not require trenches to be dug and the laying of power cables. It also does not need a qualified electrician to wire up the lighting system to the mains. Installation is not the only area of saving however. By using the energy of the sun the overall costs of the lighting are also drastically reduced.

It is effective

The light produced by a charged up solar lighting system can provide 360 degree distribution, meaning it reaches everywhere you want it to. Taking up to just 11 hours to fully charge, the systems we use will go on to provide a full three days of dusk til dawn lighting. With an integrated light sensor that switches the lighting on as the daylight disappears, a mechanism to dim the lights after a specified time, and sensor triggers that will trigger a fuller beam of light when a motion is detected, solar lighting is very responsive.

If you think that solar lighting would be a good option for your site please get in touch with us.

Common Building Site Security FAQs

The Suttie Site Services telephone is often ringing with a variety of questions relating to our service, so to try and provide our clients and potential clients with as much information to hand as possible, we have created this list of commonly asked building site security FAQs.

We don’t have planning permission for ground timber hoarding, what can we do instead?

At Suttie Site Services we understand that some of our clients may not have planning permission which covers them to have traditional ground timber hoarding that is installed by digging holes into the ground, which is why we offer free standing timber hoarding as a suitable alternative. This offers the same level of protection as ground timber hoarding, but will still comply with regulations. For short term construction projects, we often recommend using metal hoarding.

Won’t the scaffold alarm be activated by birds, wind or rain?

No, our advanced scaffold alarm systems feature high tech beams and PIR sensors which won’t be activated by common issues such as birds, small animals, or adverse weather conditions. We only install alarms which have been specifically designed to minimise the risk of nuisance false activations. Of course, the alarms will detect anything which could be a potential intruder!

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My construction site is plagued by vandals, even with high level security systems. What else can you suggest?

It may sound like going back to basics, but man guarding is still one of the top methods of helping to secure a construction site out of hours. Simply having the physical presence of a security officer can provide the construction site owner with peace of mind that they are not going to have to respond to an alarm activation in the middle of the night. Many site owners use onsite security officers during out of hours at weekends, and the benefit of having an officer present in addition to security alarms can also help to reduce insurance costs.

I want to be able to monitor CCTV at a time to suit me, how can I do this?

At your request, we are able to set up remote access to your CCTV via your smartphone, PC, laptop or tablet. Whilst we offer a 24 hour central monitoring facility, in addition you can have the freedom to check on your construction site at a time to suit you.

We’re working on a high profile site which requires advanced security access systems, how can we restrict who has access to the site?

The Suttie Site Services team understand that on occasions, a construction site needs more than a standard access control system. We can install a biometric security system which will only allow visitors with approved features to access the site, making use of finger or palm print recognition, retina eye scans and facial recognition. The system cannot be beaten – if your details are not registered on the system, you won’t have access to the site!

If your question isn’t mentioned in our list, then please don’t panic, just give us a call on 0844 241 5300 or complete our online enquiry form to find out further information.

How to Implement Construction Site Security

Construction sites are common targets for thieves because they often contain high-value tools and plant equipment which can be accessed more easily than you may think.

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If your construction site is unmanned or does not have sufficient security in place out of normal working hours, opportunist thieves could be allured by the quick profit they could make without being spotted. Even when workers are on site, not having the right security and access control in place could mean that anyone could wander in. This not only leaves you vulnerable to theft but also health and safety incidents which you may be liable for.

The threat of malicious damage or arson are also primary security concerns for construction sites, causing contractors and tradesmen to lose their valuable assets and in some cases a substantial amount of money.

In order to ensure that your construction site is fully secure and complies with industry health and safety regulations, it’s important to plan ahead and implement the most effective security measures. Here we have listed the key site security steps to properly secure your construction site and keep it safe for both workers and the public:

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For any more information about planning for security for your construction site, or to talk to us about our range of site security services, you can call us on 0844 241 5300 or use our quick contact form here.