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Five key advantages of Scaffold Alarms

Scaffolding is an important feature of most small and large-scale construction projects, providing essential access when working at height is required.

Unfortunately, scaffolding also provides greater ease of access to intruders during times when a building site is unattended, often resulting in theft, vandalism and even arson. To combat these issues there are a number of security methods available, the most popular being the installation of state-of-the-art scaffold alarm systems.

Here we look at some of the key security advantages that our specialist Scaffold Alarm systems offer, making them a preferred choice for building and construction companies.


Scaffold Alarm systems act as a highly efficient way of stopping attempted intrusion, bringing immediate attention to the site. They also provide an effective visual deterrent for would be intruders, helping to prevent robbery, graffiti and other damages.


Our Scaffold Alarms offer state-of-the-art motion sensor technology that provides incisive activation in the event of intrusion. These systems are also designed to eliminate the occurrence of false alarms, with advanced PIR detectors able to identify movement caused by weather conditions or wildlife.

Cost Effective

Portable and adaptable, Scaffold Alarms offer a long-term security solution that can be used on different sites and structures once a project has finished. Competitive rates and service costs also contribute to making this a highly popular security option within the industry.

Weather resistant

Waterproof, resilient and built to withstand everything British weather has to throw at them, our Scaffold Alarms are fully reliable regardless of the conditions. This provides peace of mind that site scaffolding is properly protected, even in high winds, frost or torrential rain.

24/7 coverage

Because the vast majority of site intrusions occur out of working hours, it is essential that alarm systems can guarantee 24/7 coverage. So our Scaffold Alarms have been specifically designed to offer long-lasting and efficient power supply, ensuring day and night perimeter protection.

Get in touch

Suttie Site Services is an established supplier to the construction industry serving South East England and surrounding regions including Cambridgeshire, London, Surrey and Sussex.

If you would like to find out more about our Scaffold Alarm systems and how they can help to secure your construction site, please contact our friendly team today on 0844 241 5300.

Preventing Construction Workers and The Public from Injury with Scaffold Alarms


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.