As we enter the third (and hopefully final!) lockdown, construction sites continue to face unprecedented challenges as they battle to manage the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In this post, we aim to outline some of the key challenges and offer advice, support and solutions as to how you can overcome them.
Read on to find out more…
The Current State of Construction
During the first lockdown (beginning March 2020) several construction companies took the decision to shut down their construction sites to help stop the spread of the virus and protect their workers.
Over the months since, evolving guidelines and procedures have helped companies to keep their sites safe and operational.
As we enter ‘lockdown 3’, signs are good that minimal site shutdowns will be necessary. However, COVID-19 compliance remains of the utmost importance – arguably more so as the vaccine rollout and lessons learned from previous lockdowns may bring a sense of compliancy.
Either way, you’re undoubtedly facing challenges old and new arising from the ongoing pandemic.
If your site is still operational, what are you doing to protect your workers and comply with Government guidelines?
If your site is closed-down for a period, or is simply unattended overnight, what are you doing to protect it?
Meeting COVID-19 Compliance on Your Construction Site
By now, you’ll be very familiar with the Governments’ site operating procedures, here.
To help ensure compliance and keep your site as safe as possible, leading construction site security providers have worked with visionary technology developers to quickly deliver the solutions you need.
Construction Site Entry and Access Control
Without a doubt, one of the most effective ways to control the spread of the virus is to monitor operatives when they access your construction site.
This is where your turnstile build – and its technology – comes into play.
So, what are the characteristics you should look out for in access control turnstiles?
Here are a few key features:
- Thermal cameras to check workers’ temperature
- Contactless face recognition scanners
- Face mask detection and identification
To ensure COVID-19 compliance, an initial site survey is advised and we always recommend ongoing support for construction site security services to ensure any new challenges are swiftly dealt with.
We have additional blog posts to help you ensure COVID-19 compliance:
- Meeting Covid-19 compliance on your construction site
- How will face scanning technology boost construction site security in 2021?
Managing Risk Of Intrusion and/or Theft On Your Construction Site
Regardless of whether your site is operational, temporarily shut down or simply unattended overnight, intrusion and theft are common issues that construction sites face – and they’re not likely to go away quickly.
However, with lockdown thrown into the mix, some suggest that these risks are heightened as trespassers and thieves may become more active due to existing socio-economic difficulties being further compounded by current restrictions.
Considering that intrusion and theft is a growing issue on construction sites – irrespective of lockdown restrictions – it’s important that managers seek provisions that have been especially designed to eliminate the risks to their staff, plant and equipment.
Construction Site CCTV
Modern CCTV solutions detect intruders quickly and effectively. Here are some key things to look out for when specifying CCTV for your construction site:
- SSAIB Accreditation
- CCTV video analytics
- Professional remote monitoring
- Robust camera mounting system, such as ‘perma-head’
- Hard-wired or Wi-fi technology
- The option to view live CCTV via an app
- Uniformed security response
To learn more about our CCTV solutions, click here.
Conclusion: Whatever your lockdown challenge is, Secure Site has a solution for you
Whether your site is currently unattended or you’re aiming to meet and exceed COVID-19 compliance, Secure Site has a solution for you.
We don’t know how long this pandemic will last, but we can be sure that the effects of it will be here for the foreseeable. Get in touch with an expert today. Get your site assessed. Get your construction site security ready.
Call us on 0800 170 1312 or fill out the form below.