Construction sites, as with other vacant properties can be dangerous and vulnerable places, especially as they are generally located in a public place or other busy area. They have the potential to not only be damaged and vandalised, but they also pose the risk of harming others who enter them. Therefore, sufficient measures of protection are vital for all construction sites, ensuring the preservation of the site and prevention of injury.
Protection of building sites helps keep the process of construction running smoothly by eliminating potential hazards and harm befalling the public. Some of the main threats that could cause such damages to a construction site and the people surrounding it are as follows:
- Acts of God
- Theft and vandalism
- Water damage
Accidents on Construction Sites
This category of threat can come in many different shapes and forms. It is used here to refer to any, and all accidents that can happen on a construction site that pose a danger to both workers in the construction site and the surrounding public. Such examples of accidents here can include a worker falling on a misplaced ladder or other construction tool-related injury. This could cause considerable injury to that person, including potential hospitalisation and would likely lead to considerable costs for the construction company through pay outs and insurance claims.
Therefore, it is always vital to ensure all construction tools and kit are managed in a safe and secure way, preventing them from causing serious harm to those walking around the site.
Acts of God
An “Act of God” is a term used to describe the event of an uncontrollable natural force; for example, a flood or hurricane. Whilst there is little in terms of preventing such events from happening, you can incorporate some systems into your construction site security to ensure minimal damage occurs in the event of an Act of God.
One security method construction sites can use to prevent or minimise damage during an “Act of God” would be solid steel security for doors and windows. More information on this security measure can be found here.
Fire Damage and Destruction
Construction sites can contain all sorts of materials, including those that are highly flammable and therefore have the potential to start fires. A construction site fire can cause significant damage not only to the construction site itself, but also the workers within it and the public. This could result in significant injury to people whilst also destroying any and all progress that site may have made.
It is therefore important to equip construction sites with all the necessary fire-proofing measures; including sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. It is also important for construction sites to have working CCTV cameras, as this can help in both detection and management of fire hazards and outbreaks. For more information on how to correctly protect your building from extensive fire damage, visit this page for more information.
Theft and Vandalism
When a construction site does not have adequate security measures, it makes it easier for thieves and vandals to intrude. In addition to the obvious damage and theft to the property, which may slow down and stop the construction process altogether, a building site can also be rife with potential dangers.
By installing security measures that help to prevent intruders from getting in (such as CCTV and control of site access), construction sites can significantly reduce the risk of intrusions, and the numerous different potential damages that can come as a result of this.
Whether due to an “Act of God” or simply down to a burst pipe, water damage can cause considerable damage to a construction site. This not only poses a risk towards the physical building and slowing down of a construction project, but also to the people who work within the flooded area. Water damage is therefore a major health and safety hazard that must be prevented at all costs.
For more information on how to protect your construction site, please visit this page.