Plant hire security is an often overlooked subject when it comes to hiring plant. It’s all too easy for hirers to unwittingly become the victims of theft, so based on our own experience over many years here are some tips to ensure your equipment has a better chance of staying put and not “ vanishing – never to be seen again”!
We are specifically focusing here on the smaller construction sites, self-build developments and D.I Y projects all using plant including:
- Mini Excavators
- Site Dumpers
- Skip loading dumpers
- Diesel cement mixers
- Small Telehandlers
- Skidsteer Loaders
- Power Barrows
Larger construction sites – often have the facility for 24 Hour security and heavier plant generally 5 tonnes in weight & over is arguably more secure due to the difficulties in transporting the plant.
Most modern plant is fitted with a security system these days – usually an ignition immobiliser and in many cases a satellite tracking device as well as deterrents such as plant marking initiatives such as “ datatag” but we are firmly of the opinion that preventative security is far preferable. Much better to discourage theft in the first instance rather than trying to recover the equipment after its reported missing!
Top Tips to try to ensure your plant stays as possible on site
- Removing the ignition keys – When you are using plant its really important to ensure the equipment is properly secured at the end of the working day. This means ensuring the ignition key is removed from the equipment and preferably not left on the site but remotely stored away from site. Break ins to site accommodation purely to gain access to plant keys is more common than you might think.
- Deterrent notices – A sticker or poster prominently displayed on the site accommodation – saying “ plant keys are not kept on these premises overnight” is a worthwhile deterrent and may save more remedial repairs at the end of the day.
- Plant parking – -Again ensuring the equipment is not easily accessible makes a difference. Parking the plant at the point of the site furthest from the access gates and the street or highway is sensible wherever possible. Physically blocking the equipment in with parked vehicles makes a big difference.
- Plant positioning – mini excavators should be parked so that the arm of the machine is positioned roughly at 45 degrees to the tracks with the arm fully extended and the bucket resting on the ground. If a dumper is also on site it is advantageous to place the bucket of the digger in the dumper skip thereby helping to secure the dumper.
- Site Security – Secure and lockable site gates, site hoarding or fencing is important to secure the site. If the length of the project warrants then security lighting is an effective and worthwhile deterrent especially lighting activated by a movement sensor.
We hope this article is of interest and goes a little way towards helping raise awareness of your plant security. As always if you would like to discuss any of the points mentioned please do not hesitate to call or email us and we will be pleased to assist.