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Fire Breaks Out on a Construction Site — Property Damage

Posted by Steve Mansell on May 30, 2018

This month’s focus: Property Damage

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Inevitably, your construction site will experience damage. Whether the cause is intentional like vandalism, neglect as in human error, or natural phenomena in the form of a hurricane or tornado, the result can be devastating. Do you have the right tools in place to help safeguard your property?

Watch the Video: Fire Breaks Out on a Construction Site

Thousands of construction fires happen every year and they are a big concern for project managers. With so many flammable materials on site, a single spark from a sander or a carelessly-tossed cigarette is enough to ignite one and cause catastrophic damage. Do you have someone watching your site after hours every day who can act at a moment’s notice?

UCIT cameras can be placed in areas of vulnerability, with operators trained to look for smoke or flames as a primary focus. Notifying local fire departments of fire risk in real time can quickly resolve an incident that otherwise could cost millions in property damage or worse, demolish an entire project.

Every person who steps foot on a construction site is at risk of injury. If safety is compromised, the consequences can be devastating. Live video monitoring can also mitigate injury claims by providing detailed video analysis of site events.

How Can I Prevent Vandalism and Construction Site Damage?

Vandals and trespassers can cause significant construction site damage, whether it is intentional or not. Either way, their activity can be costly for construction sites. Because these individuals are unauthorized, they do not have the proper training to operate the machinery and are unaware of potential dangers on the property. Fortunately, a construction site can take proactive measures to deter and help prevent vandalism and damage. Click here to see four ways to decrease construction site property damage.

How Can I Prevent Construction Site Fires?

Construction site fires are a very real threat. Heating units, sparks from sanders or an electrical issue can cause devastating damage in a short period of time and put workers and properties in danger. According to the United States National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the biggest fires in 2014 occurred at residential properties under construction, killing six workers and injuring 120. The property damage exceeded $176 million USD.

What caused these dangerous construction site fires? Five of the incidents involved heating units used for drywall. The fires started because the heating sources were too close to flammable materials. Here are three things you can do to prevent this from happening at your site. Click here to read the full article.

What Are the Benefits Of a Video Monitoring Service?

UCIT’s video monitoring service can deter criminal activity at construction sites at a fraction of the cost of a traditional security guard service. Common criminal activity at construction sites are vandalism, theft, property damage, and trespassing. Since construction sites have a unique set of requirements, it is important to work with a company that has experience in that industry. UCIT specializes in construction site security and has been watching properties since 2006. Click here to read the full article.