Scaffolding provides an ideal route for intruders and allows access to properties to those who may wish to cause a disturbance or damage assets. Some contents insurance companies will have exclusions surrounding the validity of the insurance if a scaffold has been erected to a property without appropriate mitigating factors in place.
In addition to the security risks, the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 places a duty on all employers to ensure the health and safety of those not in their employment if they may be affected by their undertaking. Foreseeable risks such as trespassing in areas where anti-sociable behaviour has been present in the past or where large number of children/teenagers congregate needs to be effectively managed.
For security and safety to be effectively managed there won’t be a single golden bullet but there are two main options depending on what the client requires.
Deterrent option — When the alarm sound is triggered it is used to deter and warn off intruders. Text alerts can be sent to nominated individuals. Should the alarm sound a representative from The Scaffolding Alarm Company Ltd will attend the next working day to check the alarm equipment and to observe whether any visible criminal damage has occurred in the location of the warning.
Monitored option — The Police have produced a code of practice which states that they will not undertake calls to alarms unless it there has been “confirmed activation through a remotely monitored security system, or where a person at the scene reports an offence in progress and requests police attendance”. With regard to remote monitoring this needs to take place through an appropriately accredited monitoring company (Alarm Receiving Centres (ARC) or Remote Video Response Centres (RVRC)) who respond to an alert via an accredited method of communication. These centres need to be accredited through a UKAS body such as the National Security Inspectorate (NSI).
For an RVRC to monitor a scaffold they would need to receive a secure link through a PIR being activated and generating and sending a 10 second video clip to a RVRC. At this point the RVRC will then decide on the course of action depending on the escalation process specified by the client i.e in event of a false alarm no action, or in the event of activity contacting the key holder/Police. This escalation process needs to be site specific and based on the risk associated with the property.
Under this option we would supply, install and maintain the alarm and all monitoring would take place via an accredited ARC/RVRC to ensure that security is maintained and that we comply with current security legislation.
Our Systems — Deterrent Option
At The Scaffolding Alarm Company Ltd we use the industry’s most widely used and popular system manufactured by Daitem. The Daitem System is wireless, meaning that it does not require mains electrical connection and can be located in the safest and most convenient place for operation. The detection system uses the GSM (mobile phone) network to communicate remotely 24/7. In the event of an alarm the system triggers a high output external siren and a signal is passed through the GSM signalling system.
The Daitem system relies on PIR detectors to detect motion and the dual beam configuration reduces the risk of false alarms.
Our Systems — Monitored Option
We are installers of RSI Videofied a wireless intruder alarm with built-in night vision camera and infrared LED’s, the panel can work for up to 4 years on one set of batteries. Importantly In the event of an alarm the camera records a short 10 second video clip of what or who caused the activation to an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). The ARC will then review the video clip and escalate or cool off the alarm as appropriate.
The Videofied system is battery powered and fully weatherproof making it ideal for construction sites. We install the RSI Videofied equipment and ensures it is appropriately maintained, all monitoring will be undertaken by an accredited ARC.
We understand that the safety and security of your site may change and therefore we will install a system with 24 hours’ notice in an emergency. Please ask about our express service.
Installations will be carried out by scaffolders who are trained engineers. The advantage of this is that installation is carried out by an individual who has had safety training to work at height, can identify if there are any concerns with the scaffold before accessing the area and will ensure that the equipment does not interfere with the scaffold. All works will be carried out after a site specific risk assessment has been completed.