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Why Your Construction Sites Require Security Guards

Construction sites, by definition, are high-risk environments littered with a multitude of hazards and potential threats lurking around every corner. From equipment malfunctions to worker accidents, theft and vandalism, the list of potential dangers is long and varied. In light of these obvious risks, it's crucial to prioritize security by employing seasoned and well-trained security guards to ensure a safe and secure working environment for all personnel. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s examine the details of why security guards are such a necessity for construction sites.



THE RISKS, EXPLAINED


Construction sites are often left unattended for extended periods of time, making them prime targets for theft, vandalism, and trespassing offenses. Without adequate security measures in place, these sites can quickly become compromised, resulting in the following headaches:



1) Equipment Theft

Valuable equipment items such as generators, tools, machinery, etc., can be stolen, causing significant financial losses, while disrupting work timelines. The last thing any construction site needs is to be caught without the necessary equipment, which is why security guards remain on patrol to ensure that riff raff are kept out.




2) Vandalism


Malicious and pointless acts of vandalism can damage or destroy property, causing costly repairs and lost time. Make sure to protect all construction sites by installing security guards who will keep an eye out for troublemakers.





3) Trespassing


Unsecured construction sites often attract unwanted visitors, including trespassers, loiterers, squatters, and potential criminals, posing a risk to worker safety and security. Even if there aren’t any workers on site at the time, that’s no excuse for others to enter the property of their own accord.




4) Worker Accidents


Without proper supervision and security measures, workers may be more likely to experience accidents or injuries due to lack of attention or distractions. Having security guards on the premises can help guarantee that unauthorized personnel do not wander into hazardous zones.




THE BENEFITS, EXPLAINED


Employing security guards on construction sites is common sense good practice, and quite inarguable. That being said, it’s always good to understand the key benefits of having them on hand, some of which aren’t as obvious as having a physical security presence around.



1) Enhanced Site Security

Trained security guards will continuously monitor, patrol, and respond to potential threats, thereby deterring criminal activity, and keeping the premises safe. When there’s no one around to guard a site, trouble usually sets in, so make sure your construction site is staffed with competent security personnel. 




2) Reduced Equipment Theft

Having security guards on the premises can deter equipment theft, minimizing financial losses and project disruptions. Even if equipment isn’t physically stolen, it may otherwise be damaged in the attempt, leaving you on the hook for costly repairs that far exceed the cost of having security guards around the site. 




3) Improved Worker Safety


Security guards provide an additional layer of safety support by preventing accidents, and ensuring worker safety and well-being. Their physical presence is a reminder that you take security very seriously, which can help project a sense of order and routine to the construction site. 




4) Regulatory Compliance


Most jurisdictions require construction sites to have adequate security measures in place, and security guards go a long way to ensuring compliance with regulations and industry standards. Don’t risk the legal fallout; make sure security guards are on hand to cover all the bases.




THE ONE STEP SECURITY PHILOSOPHY


One Step Security recognizes the need to have highly trained and experienced security guards on any construction site, which is why we prioritize screening and training of applicants that can handle various scenarios, including emergency response and conflict resolution. 


Our security guards conduct regular patrols of the site to monitor for potential threats, and respond to incidents in a prompt and effective manner. We’ll work with your staff to make sure you are always kept in the loop regarding potential incidents, security risks, and how best to tighten security for the benefit of your project. 



CONCLUSION

Security guards should always be present on a construction site, right up to the final day on the job. Doing so will ensure that the entire project progresses smoothly from start to finish, with no hiccups to disrupt timelines and budget constraints. 


One Step Security has vast experience when it comes to securing construction sites, and our no-nonsense, proactive approach is designed to mitigate all of the risks mentioned above. Peace of mind is our top priority when it comes to our clients, and we back this up with decades of combined safety and security experience, plus the training and tools necessary to get the job done right. Call us today, and leave your construction site in our capable hands.

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