Construction Employee Safety Tips


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in the U.S. in 2015 — 937 of which occurred in the private construction industry. Typical construction site hazards include everything from improperly erected ladders and scaffolding to unsafe operation of heavy equipment such as cranes and forklifts. The following tips can significantly improve safety for construction site workers:

  • Proper training: Safety in construction begins with appropriate training. To maximize its effectiveness, safety training for construction workers should be ongoing and job-specific. Post-event safety training is also essential for preventing similar incidents from occurring in the future. Develop a set of safe operating procedures for every assigned task.
  • Fall protection steps: The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) points out that falls are typically the leading cause of construction-related fatalities each year. If you employ construction personnel who work at heights, aerial lifts or elevated platforms can provide a better construction safety alternative to scaffolding or ladders. Using safety netting and body harnesses can also help to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities.
  • Preventing trench collapses: Trenches pose another common safety hazard in construction site operations. OSHA recommends enlisting the services of a professional engineer to design a protective safety system for trenches deeper than 20 feet. Provide a safe, convenient method for exiting a trench such as a ladder, stairway or ramp.
  • Electrical safety precautions: Working around electricity can pose a major hazard in construction site operations. Key electrical safety steps include promptly replacing frayed or worn wires and cables, keeping ladders and scaffolding at least 10 feet away from power lines and ensuring all electrical tools and equipment are properly grounded.
  • Construction worker safety practices: Construction employees should play a prominent role in their own safety. All construction site workers are responsible for following recommended construction safety procedures. They should also immediately bring any improperly operating or unsafe tools or heavy equipment to the attention of their supervisor. In addition, workers should always wear proper personal protection equipment such as helmets, gloves, safety goggles and face shields.
  • Make first aid easily accessible: When a construction injury does occur, immediate treatment can often minimize the impact. A basic first aid kit for treating cuts, sprains, scrapes and minor burns should be readily available at each work area. If employees cannot locate the first aid kid or if it is missing some medical supplies, they should notify their supervisor as soon as possible.
  • Construction site fencing: Install fencing around dangerous areas such as trenches or excavation sites, as this can prevent workers or passersby from accidentally falling into a deep hole. Repair or replace damaged fencing as quickly as possible.

Contact Titan Alarm, Inc. for Your Construction Site Security Needs

Unattended construction sites are vulnerable to acts of vandalism, such as damaging equipment or fencing, that could jeopardize the safety of your workers. If you operate construction sites in the Phoenix, AZ area, Titan Alarm can provide an effective, affordable security solution for your company. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation construction safety/security consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.

Types of Construction Site Crimes


Crime at construction sites poses a constant problem. The vulnerability of these sites makes them highly susceptible to theft and other criminal activity that result in millions of dollars lost to construction companies and contractors each year. In this post, we will explore some of the most common types of construction crime, as well as provide a few helpful construction site crime-prevention tips.


 Construction-site crime statistics routinely show theft to be the top threat to construction company owners and contractors. The lack of adequate security measures can serve as an open invitation to thieves who help themselves to unprotected machinery, tools and equipment. The high employee turnover that is commonplace in the industry can also contribute to the rampant theft at construction sites.


 The list of construction crimes also includes vandalism. Heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, backhoes, excavators and skid steer loaders, is a prime target for vandals, particularly during the nighttime hours when the site is unoccupied and the darkness offers concealment to the perpetrators. It is also not uncommon for the building under construction to be covered with graffiti or be damaged in more substantial ways by vandals.

Failure to Comply With Health and Safety Regulations

Construction industry crime can also take the form of a violation of worker safety laws. Companies that do not take adequate safety measures could be found negligent if unsafe practices cause or contribute to an injury or illness. This could result in substantial fines or even the filing of criminal charges against the negligent parties.

Helpful Construction Site Crime-Prevention Steps

 There are a number of steps your company can take to limit your risk for construction crime and catch criminals:

  • Identify and Track Assets and Property: Emblazoning all equipment with your company’s logo can help deter thieves. Consider developing some type of numbering system to help you inventory and keep track of your assets.
  • Ramp up Gate Security: Many larger construction sites have fences with gates to control and monitor the entry and exit of personnel and vehicles. Keep the number of gates to a minimum, and if practical, enlist the services of uniformed security guards to check vehicles. Be sure the gates are closed and locked when not in use.
  • Provide Adequate Lighting: Keeping your site well-lit at night is another extremely effective way to prevent construction crime. Key areas of focus for your lighting should include office trailers and equipment and material storage yards, as well as any buildings under construction.

Enlisting the Services of a Professional Commercial Security Company

The best way to fully protect your site against construction crime is by enlisting the services of an experienced, reputable security company. If you operate construction sites in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, Titan Alarm Inc. can provide an integrated security solution you can rely on. Our commercial security systems include video surveillance, access control, intrusion detection and video verification. We also have the expertise to provide complete design and installation service.

Contact us to learn more about the best ways to prevent construction crime at your jobsites.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.