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.

 

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