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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.

 

What Temporary Services Do You Need for Your Construction Site?

For any construction site, no matter how big the project will be, before work can commence a number of important temporary services must be set up. As well as providing facilities for construction workers to make use of heavy machinery and tooling, temporary solutions must also be arranged for to allow for any on site admin, as well as toilet and washroom facilities:

Temporary electrical services

For any construction site, a constant supply of electricity is essential to allow for the delivery of the site project. However, it’s vital to ensure that all temporary electricity installations are fully tested and certified to ensure that they are fit for purpose and safe for use. Contact a site services specialist to ensure that temporary electrics are designed, supplied and installed to the highest professional standards.

For any construction site, there are a number of different areas that are likely to require temporary electrics, including storage containers, site offices, welfare units, hoists, site lighting and 10kva transformers.

Temporary plumbing services

For all construction sites, site welfare is of vital importance. Running water and means of waste disposal are needed to comply with health and safety regulations. Depending on the size of the construction project, its location and how long the work will take, plumping services and welfare facilities can include toilets, washing facilities, drinking water, water heaters, bip taps, stand pipes and silo connections.

By law, everyone working on a construction site must have access to suitable toilet and washing facilities, along with a place for preparing and consuming refreshments. With this in mind, it’s important to find an experienced temporary site services supplier to ensure that all temporary plumbing, from welfare cabins, to WC and sink waste, comply with health and safety regulations. Although a construction site is temporary, temporary plumbing services should be of the high standards that you would expect on a permanent site.

Hoists

A construction site may require a variety of hoist solutions that can be installed by an experienced site services team. For example, passenger hoists can be used to lift and lower passengers and materials to allow for work to be carried out at higher levels. On the other hand, gantry hoists and scaffold hoists are designed to lift and lower materials onto different levels.

Site lighting solutions

Site lighting is important for ensuring that workers and members of the public stay safe on and nearby a construction site. By lighting up the site, any potential hazards are more visible and can be avoided, reducing the possibility of injury. To ensure that the right level of lighting is provided, contact the experts.

If you are in need of assistance with all aspects of temporary site solutions, you can contact Suttie Site Services Ltd by calling 0844 241 5300.