Catch of the Month Newsletter: Deter Equipment Theft at Your Construction Site

June 29 2018

Catch of the Month Newsletter: Construction Site Thieves Stopped in Their Tracks

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Temperatures aren’t the only thing on the rise during the summer. Construction projects heat up, thanks to more cooperative weather and longer days. More projects create more possibilities for thieves to strike. What steps can you take to eliminate the opportunity for theft at your construction site?

Construction Site Thieves Stopped in Their Tracks -Equipment Theft Prevention
A suspect is seen entering a Seattle construction site early one Thursday morning. He navigates his way around the site, gathering supplies and equipment and stockpiling it by the fence. He then exits the property. Minutes later he returns and pries the fence open while an accomplice rounds the corner in a white pickup truck. Our PTZ camera zooms in to see the suspect tossing the stolen supplies into the back of the truck. He hops in and they drive away, but they didn’t get very far. Fortunately, our trained operators are watching and call the police, who promptly arrive to make an arrest. Click here to learn more

Construction Site Security Camera System Can Help Prevent Crime

Equipment theft isn’t the only concern for project managers. Injuries are prevalent on construction sites and not just with the workers. Trespassers can also injure themselves and in some cases, the construction company will be held accountable. How can you help prevent undesirable activity at your construction site? There are a variety of ways to help prevent crimes, including perimeter fencing, proper equipment storage, access control and a construction site security camera system.

A construction site can be a dangerous place, especially for someone who isn’t supposed to be there. With heavy equipment, holes in the ground and cranes overhead, there are many obstacles in place. A fence serves as a physical deterrent to keep unwanted visitors out. On a smaller scale, a barricade can be a physical deterrent that should be placed around excavation areas, pits or edges when they are not being used. Click here to read the full article.

Construction Worker Quits After Safety Concerns Aren’t Adequately Addressed
The construction industry is notorious for being a dangerous field, so it’s only natural that safety is a big concern. It’s the company’s responsibility to give their contractors and workers a safe environment in which to work, but what happens when they feel like their needs aren’t being met? It could lead to extended project times, increased operational expenses, and in some cases, may lead to a fatal outcome.

An electrician quit his job at a Charlottesville, North Carolina construction site because he felt that his safety concerns weren’t taken seriously. This was the same property where a construction worker fell 19 floors to his death. According to WSOC TV, the electrician was hired as a subcontractor and quit two weeks after he started. He said that there have been plenty of projects where he has felt safer and he doesn’t understand how a person could fall from a buck hoist unless something was left open or wasn’t secure. Authorities have not been able to determine what caused the construction worker’s fall.

The electrician said he notified the designated construction safety contact about his concerns, but he felt that correct action was not taken. Sometimes it takes speaking up to prevent a serious injury or death, a maxim adhered to by a Chicago-based construction site. An employee at the company described their philosophy like this, “if you see something, pick up the phone. You’re not getting in trouble. We won’t think less of you.”  He said that a younger team member voiced his safety concerns while on a project, which may have prevented a serious accident. Click here to read the full article.