“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” For your unattended jobsite, however, that may not be the case. The holidays are here and that means many construction sites will shut down for a day or two, possibly even longer. While jobsites are always a potential danger zone for workers and visitors, the risk from theft, vandalism, fire or frozen equipment can also occur on unattended sites. Do you have the right measures in place to secure your project and help prevent costly damage? If not, check out a few of our suggestions.
Remove or Hide Equipment and Tools
To help keep unwanted visitors from taking or tampering with equipment or tools, remove them from the construction site or at least from view. One of the easiest measures is fencing or privacy screens. If this is not an option for you, locking equipment and securing tools off site would be best. You never know when people passing by may want to take a test drive!
Prepare for Bad Weather
Snow, rain, ice and high winds can cause havoc on a jobsite. Before leaving your project unattended, check the weather forecast and asses your site with changing conditions. Take into consideration the ability of strong winds to affect uncompleted structures, mobile elevated work platforms and any other loose materials. Lowering your equipment to ground level could help during strong winds.
Cold temperatures may also begin to affect your equipment over a period of time. While your machinery is going unused, think about parking your equipment on wooden planks, platforms or other raised surfaces. This will keep the tires from freezing to the dirt or in its own tracks. You may also want to consider parking your equipment’s bucket or blade slightly lifted. If you are unable to store your equipment indoors, you will also need to drain the machine’s fluids, if left for a long period of time. For additional tips on how to winterize equipment, click here.
Place Signage at Site
Make sure that all signage is securely in place. Known hazards should be clearly marked, and emergency contact information should be visibly posted. Obvious safety measures are no trespassing signs so don’t discount the importance of them! These signs should be mounted at regular intervals around the site’s boundary, in addition to any gates or entrances to the site.
Is Security Necessary?
Depending on the location of the site, or the length of time the site is left unattended, security or surveillance may be necessary. You could also ask the local police department to include your site on their local rounds. Police won’t likely enter your work zone, so hiring security personnel that can enter the site may be a better option.
Have an Emergency Plan
Make sure you have a plan in place to handle issues that may arise while the job site is empty. Knowing who to call at a moment’s notice will make things go more smoothly. Decide who should be contacted within your company depending on the situation, and again, make sure your emergency contact information is clearly posted at the site. This will enable any emergency responders at the site to alert you quickly and get to the right person.
There’s a good chance that at some point your construction site will be left unmonitored for a length of time. Being prepared for that eventuality and knowing what to do should a situation arise will alleviate your worry and allow you to enjoy your time away for the holidays with family and friends.
If you or your company need any additional resources, Hugg & Hall is here to help! If you think your rental equipment needs to be removed, please contact one of our salesmen, and we can get that pickup scheduled!