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6th January, 2014

20 Tips For Better Construction Site Security

Site security is an important issue and this blog post outlines 20 tips for better construction site security.

If you are working on a construction project then trespassers may want to access your site. These trespassers could be squatters, thieves, or your site could be blocking someone’s normal access route and they may still attempt to pass through the site.

Trespassers could also be children. Construction sites can appear to be exciting places for children who are unaware of the dangers. Each year a number of children are killed and injured on construction sites.

Site security must, therefore, be well managed to avoid injury to members of the public.

Here are 20 tips for better construction site security:

  1. Implement a signing in and signing out procedure
  2. Use badges or hard hat stickers to quickly visually identify authorised personnel on site
  3. Ensure unauthorised people are prevented from accessing the site by securing and monitoring entry points
  4. Ensure authorised persons are fully inducted and understand the site security procedures and controls
  5. Ensure visitors are supervised at all times on site
  6. Question any person you suspect to be a trespasser and escort them off site if they are not authorised
  7. Ensure the site perimeter is secured with 2m high fencing to prevent access to children
  8. Lock access gates after normal working hours and any time the site is left unoccupied
  9. Take extra precautions if the site is left unoccupied over weekends or holidays, such as CCTV or security patrols if needed
  10. Take extra precautions if the site is located in a heavily populated area or close to a school
  11. Take extra precautions if your site is within an occupied building such as school or hospital, to segregate the works area from the adjacent land uses
  12. Remove access ladders from excavations and scaffolds out of hours
  13. Barrier off or cover excavations, pits and edges when out of use
  14. Immobilise all vehicles and plant when out of use and left unattended
  15. Lock vehicles and plant within a secure site compound and out of view if possible
  16. Power tools, materials and equipment that could be tempting to thieves and should be stored securely out of view
  17. Lock away hazardous substances within secure storage units designed for that purpose
  18. Ensure building materials are safely stacked and stored so that they can't topple over
  19. Regularly check perimeter hoarding or fencing to ensure it is intact and secure
  20. Ensure safety signage warning of danger is erected and maintained at the site boundaries

Raise awareness regarding site security with your team by downloading the toolbox talk on site security. Use as a 10 minute refresher to provide on site health and safety training to your workforce.

This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and a degree in construction management. She is NEBOSH qualified and a member of IOSH.

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