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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.

Preventing Construction Workers and The Public from Injury with Scaffold Alarms

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Preventing injury from scaffolding

It’s estimated that 65% of the construction industry work on scaffolds regularly. However, scaffolding is most probably the most dangerous place to work on a building site. Workers on scaffolding are required to work at height and an accident such as a slip or fall, will likely have much more severe consequences than if they were on the ground. Injury could also result from debris dropping from scaffolding or unsafe scaffolding collapsing.

Factors including insecure bracing, unsafe construction, insufficient materials, or lack of attention to safety regulations, could all contribute to a worker’s injury, as well as a member of the public’s. Claims.co.uk reports that there were 69 reported scaffolding accidents in which the victim’s recovery period was more than seven days, including 36 major injuries in 2014/15. The actual figure is expected to be higher. Accidents like these may have occurred during working hours, or they may have happened to people with unauthorised access to the building site.

Scaffolding might even serve as a means for people to gain access to a construction site, in order to tamper with the equipment, or commit theft or arson. In order to protect your construction site, your workers and the public from accidents and injury it’s extremely important to set the right safety and security measures in place.

Protecting your scaffolding with a scaffold alarm

Scaffold alarms provide 24/7 protection to deter unauthorised visitors and warn of any unusual and unauthorised activity which could lead to accident or injury:

  • Unauthorised or unusual activity will be detected by the alarm’s beams and PIR sensors. Our highly effective scaffold alarms use the latest technology to minimise false alarms, as they won’t be set off by rain, snow, birds and small animals. Any unauthorised movement detected will trigger the alarm sound and floodlights, to deter and expose any intruders.
  • If triggered, the alarm will also send warning to the people you choose – you, your monitoring station or your site security team.
  • We can also provide you with a log of alarm events so that alarm activations can be tracked and evaluated.

The National Security Inspectorate (NCP) Code of Practice requires construction sites to protect the entire first level of their scaffolding with detectors, including at the ends of the scaffold. How many you choose to have will depend upon the size and layout of the scaffolding, as well as the surrounding area and the nature of the site.

Always ensure that you have told your insurer that you have a scaffold alarm in place, in case an accident does occur. Having an alarm will demonstrate that you have taken measures to mitigate risks on your site.

For any advice on installing scaffold alarms, we’re here to help. We work across London and South East England to deliver high quality, reliable security systems and services to all kinds of construction environments. Call us today on 0844 241 5300, or contact us here.

 

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.