Construction Site Security Tips
Contractors operating at a project site ought to take strong efforts to secure the premises.
In addition to preventing a liability claim, quality site-security can impact the bottom line.
A contractor’s ability to control theft and vandalism can be the difference between making a profit and having a ‘net loss’ from a job.
Below offers practical tips on controlling job site security.
General Site Security
- Contact the police and fire departments before starting a job.
- Establish contact with adjoining properties—encourage them to report suspicious activities on the site.
- Require prompt reporting by workers of incidents of theft and vandalism.
- Report all losses to the police immediately.
- Maintain complete records of all security incidents.
- When possible, enclose the job site with a security fence.
- Provide for nighttime lighting of the site.
- Provide for limited access to the site, preferably with lockable gates.
- Post warning signs to keep unauthorized persons off the site.
- Use only high-quality locks—never leave keys in locks, or leave locks in an open position.
- Consider the use of security guards and have them patrol the site on designated rounds.
Equipment, Tools, and Materials
- Consider utilizing a secured area for equipment storage within the site.
- Maintain an inventory system for all equipment, tools, and materials. Include photographs of equipment and expensive tools.
- Establish a program for verifying all deliveries.
- Keep tools securely locked in storage trailers or sheds.
- Stamp all heavy equipment and attachments with an ID number. Provide warning signs on equipment indicating that ID Numbers are recorded.
- Establish a supervisory key-control program for motorized equipment.
- Park equipment centrally in a well-lighted, secure area.
- Immobilize equipment by disabling it or using anti-theft/anti-vandalism devices.
- Schedule material deliveries to coincide with installation…especially for high-value materials.
- Keep the on-site inventory of materials to a minimum.
- Store equipment, materials, and tools away from perimeter fencing.
- Remove equipment and materials from the site when no longer needed.
Fire / Water-Damage Prevention
- Obtain a hot-work permit, and be sure subcontractors have them as well when welding / cutting / brazing or using an open flame.
- Train workers on how to use fire extinguishers.
- Provide a daily map of hot work locations and communicate to after-hours security which locations to check.
- Inspect temporary power distribution for overloading and damaged electrical cords.
- Institute and enforce a no-smoking policy.
- Minimize accumulation of combustibles.
- Maintain fire access roads and be sure they can support heavy fire-fighting equipment.
- Conduct pre-storm inspections to ensure there aren’t any uncovered openings that could allow rain to enter.
- Inspect and remove debris from roof drains.
- Inspect weather-protecting tarps to ensure they will not detach during wind events.