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      Where can I use RaiderVision?

      RaiderVision is commonly used on building sites to protect valuable assets and help secure scaffolding. It is used on either new build jobs or renovation projects. If you've got a vacant property or a Grade 1 listed building that needs securing, RaiderVision can help. Likewise, if you need a extra capacity in your factory or yard, RaiderVision can provide a virtual lock up. Caravan and car dealerships can also secure their assets using RaiderVision, particularly on larger sites with limited access to power. RaiderVision works fantastically in fields which means it been used to protect festivals and events, farm equipment, and for estate management.

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        Does my scaffold need a guard? Scaffolding Guard Setbacks

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        With theft alone costing the construction industry £800M per year, it might be tempting to think that it is the most pertinent risk posed to scaffolding sites.

        However, while theft is an important risk to mitigate, Health & Safety incidents, and the associated loss and damage they bring, can be hugely detrimental to your scaffolding project.

        Scaffolds are not just attractive to thieves who see a multitude of plant and equipment, but to local youth who see the climbable structure as a glorified playground.

        With this type of project, there is a substantial risk from both angles: crime and Health & Safety. You can read our blog all about Health & Safety issues on construction and scaffolding sites here.

        To that end, many site managers will consider hiring a security guard. However, there are setbacks associated with using a man guard as your sole security solution. We’ve listed them below so you can ensure that you make the right decision for your needs.

        1. Cost

        The first setback to hiring a security guard is cost.

        Assuming that a security guard’s salary is £20,000 per annum, this makes them up to 90% more expensive than a scaffolding alarm system. That makes a guard the most expensive security solution.

        1. Paperwork

        Man guards, as a human resource, will come with the same pitfalls as recruiting any other member of staff.

        Not only can this be time-consuming, but your guard will also require paperwork, national insurance contributions, risk assessments, holiday entitlement and everything else that comes with hiring a new starter.

        You might use an agency to avoid the paperwork, but they can be unreliable – you may end up having to re-explain the site specifics to multiple different temps.

        Obviously, this differs to wireless security cameras and alarms, which require little to no paperwork to install.

        1. Human Error

        The final (and possibly the largest) drawback of hiring a guard as your sole scaffolding security provider is the propensity for human error.

        Even if you hire the best static guard imaginable - who never turns up late and is always scouting the perimeter for intruders - things will happen that they simply can’t see or anticipate, whether that’s equipment theft, vandalism or scaffold climbing.

        Adverse or extreme weather conditions; the position your static guard is in when an incident takes place; even fatigue can all affect their ability to detect an intruder on site.

        Not only can this have an impact on the potential to prevent theft from taking place, but it also means a higher risk of scaffolding Health & Safety incidents.

        It takes a split second for an unnoticed youth to slip from a scaffold they’ve climbed. What if your man guard misses them entering the site in the first place?

        In the aftermath, you’ll have to prove that you’ve done everything in your power to mitigate this risk.

        The Solution

        So what should you do?

        We’re not suggesting that you steer clear of guards for your scaffolding security. But any security solution needs to be thoroughly investigated before you decide it’s going to be your sole protection.

        Security guards can be a physical presence to de-escalate a situation with a potential intruder, and they can be a great addition to a site in terms of day-to-day processes, but they aren’t machines.

        If you’re dead set on using security guards, try using them in tandem with other security solutions, such as a continuous remote monitoring system. A video-enabled security system that is properly accredited and monitored 24/7 by control room staff will ensure that an intruder on site is immediately detected.

        For example, the RaiderVision security system uses a wireless camera and a high-decibel alarm to detect and deter intruders. If the alarm does not deter an intruder upon detection, an SIA-certified rapid response guard is dispatched. This means that a man guard is only deployed when an intruder is detected and confirmed to be on site, and the system does the rest of the work for you.

        Many of the remote site security systems on the market offer the same benefits as a static guard – such as running regular security reports – but on an automated basis. These systems can simultaneously monitor a perimeter and detect intruders without error.

        The RaiderVision remote continuous monitoring system, wireless and equipped with camera and alarm, protecting a scaffold

        A RaiderVision camera & alarm system protecting a scaffold

        Final Thoughts

        Security guards certainly have their place on scaffolding sites, but they ought not be the only solution you consider.

        Like any solution, guards have their drawbacks. But identifying these will help you to evaluate where the gaps in your security are, whether you need to supplement your current provider, or select a different solution entirely.

        Ultimately, it will ensure that you get the best protection for your scaffolding project.

        Want to learn more about using the RaiderVision security solution to protect your scaffold? Check out our scaffolding site security page.

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