Job-site security, going wired

It probably comes as no surprise to those in industrial painting that job-site tech advancements are here to stay. Wired job sites are the way of the future. They’re making things easier, safer and to an increasing degree, more secure.

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Hundreds of specialized, security-based tech products are now available and ready to guard your job-site. From discs the size of the head of a pin, applied to tools and encoded with company and ownership information, to GPS outfitted machinery to mobile video towers, smart companies are making serious investments in security technology.

And rightfully so. Job-site burglary is big business. A report filed last year by the National Insurance Crime Bureau found that metal thefts are up a staggering 81 percent since 2008. That same report quoted the Federal Bureau of Investigation going as far as saying that the rampant copper theft familiar to so many in industrial fields is “threatening critical US infrastructure.”

The problem extends beyond simply the cost of replacing stolen or damaged material, which is nothing to scoff at by itself. Downtime while waiting for replacement parts can lead to missed deadlines. Missed deadlines may lead to lost contracts in the future. Potential increases in insurance premiums only compound the headaches. A study by Travelers Insurance estimates contractors lose $1 billion annually in job-site theft.

As long as job-site theft remains profitable for unscrupulous individuals, site managers will have to protect against it. Those who embrace the latest job-site technologies are likely to have the most success.

Close to home

An early September incident on the job-site of our friends at Thomas Industrial Coatings illustrates just how advantageous a wired job-site can be.

Two employees, returning to a job-site to set up traffic signals, noticed a cargo trailer missing. They immediately notified their logistics coordinator. She then contacted the police and then was able to locate the trailer via a GPS locator onboard.

That signal led police directly to the stolen trailer. Once it was recovered, they were able to identify the suspect based on footage taken from a game camera mounted on a telehandler. The contents of the trailer were recovered undamaged.

The GPS in the trailer enabled it to be recovered quickly. The game camera mounted on the Lull made it possible to identify the suspected criminal. Thomas Industrial Coatings, using TruQC’s Incident Report compiled photographs, maps and the time and location of relevant events. With so much technology working for Thomas Industrial Coating’s job-site, it didn’t take a seasoned detective to apprehend the suspect.

We can help

TruQC’s incident report can be used to address serial safety concerns on your job-site. It can also be used to file reports on theft and vandalism, storing photographs, time and date stamps and incident descriptions. To see this and other TruQC reports, click here, or schedule a live demonstration.