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
- 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.
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.