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Onsite Security: Defining Guard Requirements for Construction Sites



The deployment of guards on a construction site is a critical security measure, necessitating precise specifications to ensure the site remains secure from theft, vandalism, and unauthorised access. Establishing clear guidelines for the roles and responsibilities of onsite guards is crucial for the efficacy of the security measures implemented.


Establishing Guard Coverage:

Firstly, determining the hours of coverage is essential to ensure the site is monitored during vulnerable periods. Guards should predominantly report to the general contractor rather than the owner of the complex to streamline communication and response protocols.


Employment and Authority of Guards:

It is crucial to specify whether the general contractor directly employs guards or if a contracted guard service does. Their jurisdiction and police powers need to be clearly defined, as well as the extent and limitations of their authority on the site. It also pertains to insurance, some are hands-on, and some are deterrent, observe, and report.


Supervision and Training:

The supervision of guards is crucial to maintaining high standards of security. It should be clear what kind of specialised training guards receive and whether it includes scenario-based exercises that simulate potential real-world security challenges they might encounter on the job. Additionally, local police should be notified of their presence to ensure a coordinated effort in case of major security incidents.


Equipment and Uniform:

The uniform and equipment provided to guards, such as flashlights, should be appropriate to the level of threat the site may face. This not only equips the guards adequately but also serves as a deterrent to potential intruders.


Operational Procedures:

Details regarding the promotion system within the guard company can reflect the company’s credibility and the motivation of the guards. Understanding what keys guards possess and their specific duties, whether at a fixed post or on roving patrol, is essential for effective site management.


Patrol and Reporting:

The protocol for guard patrols, including the use of time clocks and the requirement for shift reports, should be clearly defined. Who reviews these reports and how often they are assessed contributes to the accountability and effectiveness of the security measures in place.


Guard Readiness and Emergency Protocols:

It is imperative that each guard is equipped with an up-to-date list of emergency contacts and understand the procedures for various emergency scenarios. This ensures that guard/s are not only proactive in their duties but are also prepared to respond efficiently and effectively when incidents occur.





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The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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