Construction is big business in the United States. The American construction industry is the second largest on the planet it has about 10% of the construction market share. There are a lot of details involved in managing the construction sites themselves. From maintaining the site’s border security to making the site as safe as possible for the workers and anyone who visits the area, the details involved in managing a site are nearly endless.
There are some things you can do to maintain the site’s border security and keep people who do not belong there away.
- Conduct a thorough analysis of the specific site and border security needs. If it it is at all possible, you should start thinking about the site security long before you start work on the job. This is one way to prevent vandalism and can help you make your construction site a less appealing target for thieves and vandals. There are a few questions you should ask. Is this a controversial project? That can up the chances for vandalism. Is the site in an area with a lot of crime? This may mean you have to take other precautions about the site. It is worth it to drive through the area at night and take a look at the site from the road. Just get a general “lay of the land” before you begin to set up the site, if you can. The time you spend doing this will be well worth it later on.
- Take time on your lighting. All sites need portable lighting. This can be one of the best ways to keep your workers safe and your site secure. Having portable lighting towers in the right places will make a big difference. Putting construction lights around the perimeter of your site that are on motion detectors can both deter people from trying to enter your site and alert people in the neighborhood to any nefarious activity that is happening at your site. Both of these things contribute to the border security of your construction site. You can also save some money by using solar light towers to keep your lights on all night. If you are in a residential area, however, this will not work. Just make sure you spend time working on your security lighting needs.
- Make a list of what you need to do for security before the job starts. With all of the myriad of details that you will need to keep track of when designing and maintaining a construction site, one of the best things you can do is to make a list of all the things you have to do on the site to secure it. Having a to-do list will also give you some peace of mind as it is harder for any of these details to fall through the cracks, as they sometimes can on big jobs. This should include identify the staff who will be responsible for border security, inventory control and access to the site.
- Make an emergency contact sheet. This should have the top people at your company but also the local fire and police department contact information. You may also want to get to know the businesses or residents in the area. It is a good idea to have at least decent working relationships with them for the entire duration of your construction project. They can be instrumental in reporting anything suspicious they notice at your site after hours.
- Have a protocol for visitors. There are a number of reasons that you do not want unauthorized people milling about on your construction site. There is the possibility that they can walk off with expensive tools, for one. You may be responsible for any injuries they sustain. Make sure you have someone overseeing visitor access.
- Have a great fence. No border security plan is complete without a strong fence. This should be high enough so that people cannot climb it. These also create psychological barriers for people that let them see the boundaries of your construction site.
One last note, all of the people who work on your construction site should understand how important securing the area is.