Construction sites come up against a multitude of security challenges throughout the duration of a project, with unauthorised access, theft and vandalism being key threats to overcome.
The impact of COVID-19 has added an extra layer to your list of challenges, forcing us all to approach our working practices in a different way.
When you combine all this, your biggest challenge is, arguably,
How can I protect my construction site?
With so many options and solutions, deciding on the right provision to suit your needs, budget and requirements can be a minefield for any construction site manager.
In this post, we take a further look at the key challenges you’re likely to face on your construction site, offering actionable solutions as to how you can mitigate threats to your construction site.
Read on to find out more…
Challenge #1: COVID-19 Compliance
We begin with the most ‘topical’ of challenges you’ve had to face during the past year: COVID-19.
And whilst we can see a glimmer of light at the end of what’s been a very bleak tunnel, the impacts of this virus are likely to affect our working practices for a long time to come.
So, what does COVID-19 compliance look like on a construction site?
Here are a few ways that you can remain compliant during the pandemic:
· Minimising the touching of surfaces upon entry
· Checking worker’s temperature
· Ensuring workers wear face masks where necessary
All seems fairly obvious, right? But, how can this be policed without having a detrimental impact on productivity?
This is where turnstile build – and its technology – come into play.
Access control turnstiles are now being designed to incorporate contactless access, check temperature and detect when workers are wearing a face mask, making the whole process of COVID-19 compliancy much more efficient and streamlined.
To find out more about COVID-19 compliance, here are some blog posts to look through:
Challenge #2 Preventing Unauthorised Access on your Construction Site
We move on now to one of the more common challenges that you’re likely to face on your construction site: access control.
Unauthorised access can take many forms, from vandals accessing the site when it’s not operational to opportunists walking on to a busy site whilst workers are focused on their own areas and tasks.
Truly mitigating these risks will require a site risk assessment. This will reflect physical and operational security, as well as the changes that need to take place across each phase of work. Every construction site is different, with numerous locational and environmental factors at play.
To tackle unauthorised access, there are four key services to consider:
The level of security provided by each service should be tailored to your individual requirements, circumstances and budget.
Challenge #3: Choosing Between CCTV & Security Guarding
Another key challenge for your construction site security is whether you opt for a CCTV monitoring system or a physical presence. In some cases, both options may be required – particularly if you’re operating on a site that has a high risk of threat.
Both have their merits. A more ‘top-end’ construction site CCTV system (analytic CCTV) will provide you with numerous features, including…
· Excellent communication with central monitoring station
· Large HD storage
· Infra-red vision and 80 metre detection range
· Video analytic detection
· Human and animal differentiation
· Full remote monitoring
· Live warnings (audio challenge)
· Remote viewing on smartphone
…whilst the higher end ‘physical presence’ (i.e. dog handlers) will provide these features:
· Dogs have heightened senses (especially German Shepherds, who can smell 1,000 to 1 million times more than humans, as well as detecting movement and hearing more effectively).
· ‘On demand’ bark provides a strong psychological deterrent
· Extremely quick response
· Intimidating presence
· When paired with static guards, can provide outstanding security provision
To get the full run-down of your CCTV for construction site and security guarding options, click here.
Whilst we’re all aware of the security challenges you face on your construction site, overcoming them is the biggest challenge of all.
The rise in technologically advanced security solutions means that you can now protect your site in a much smarter way, allowing you to create efficiencies and make long-term savings.
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