Most construction companies have some type of camera on site. Unfortunately, most cameras jut record but do not monitor the activities. Some construction companies even have “scare crow” cameras—a cross your finger I hope nothing happens strategy.
Besides the obvious of theft and vandalism, what are some additional reasons for providing video surveillance at your construction site?
Let’s take a look at 3 reasons why construction companies need video surveillance:
3 Reasons Why Construction Companies Need Video Surveillance
1. Video Surveillance Enforces Job Safety
First of all, employees are your number one asset and keeping them safe should be your number one concern. Below are the leading causes of death on job sites according to OSHA:
The Fatal Four
- Falls—349 out of 874 total deaths in construction in CY 2014 (39.9%)
- Electrocutions—74 (8.5%)
- Struck by object—73 (8.4%)
- Caught-in/between—12 (1.4%)
Video surveillance will encourage workers to practice good safety habits while creating a safer work environment. Video surveillance will identify unsafe working conditions before a serious incident occurs. As a result, video surveillance provides training opportunities for safety.
Every job site has a safety obligation.
2. Video Surveillance Enhances Employee Productivity
Completing a construction job on time is paramount and having surveillance cameras in place can help keep workers on task. Cameras can also help prevent or limit “unproductive” behaviors. In addition, be up front with your employees about your surveillance system and explain why they are in place—to ensure safety and productivity.
3. Video Surveillance Protects Your Property
Because most job sites have poor security and protection, construction equipment and supplies become a primary target. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) “Annual estimates of the cost of equipment theft vary from about $300 million to $1 billion, with most estimates in the range of $400 million.” The report also shows the top 10 states for theft: Texas, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, California, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Indiana. To put it in perspective, the top 5 states account for 41% of all thefts and the top 10 states account for 62% of all thefts.
In conclusion, safety, productivity, and security are all important factors in completing a job on time and without incident. So, don’t procrastinate. Be pro-active.
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