Security of the construction site is an important aspect of controlling the risks to members of the public and others who may be affected by the operation of the site. Site security is also an important financial issue for construction sites as over £400 million worth of plant and equipment is stolen from them every year; when other costs associated with plant theft are taken into account (eg replacement, loss of business, increased insurance premiums) it is estimated the overall cost is over £800 million a year. Metal on construction sites is a tempting target for criminals.

An assessment of the risk to third parties should take place and consider matters such as the nature and type of construction work, any complexities with site boundaries, the extent to which visitors or trespassers (including children) might be attracted to the site; these are all important considerations.

Best practice advice on all aspects of site security is outlined in this topic.

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