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BSIA launches guide to construction site security

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched a new guide for the construction sector intended to give Construction Site Managers an understanding of the techniques needed to secure these vulnerable sites. This includes a basic introduction to risk management and an overview of the practical solutions available.

Chris Lawrence, Chairman of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Security Consultancies section, said: “Security breaches or poorly implemented security measures can have a number of negative effects on construction sites, including financial losses, unplanned downtime, as well as health and safety issues caused by unauthorised tampering with equipment or procedures. Site security is therefore crucial to the successful and on time completion of a project, so its needs should be addressed at the earliest stages of a project, for example by implementing measures such as temporary CCTV or physical security from its inception.

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Construction materials: Security the only hurdle in Attock Cement’s expansion

It is operating at near full capacity. It has absolutely no debts. It is barely able to keep pace with the demand for its well-known Falcon brand of cement. Yet Attock Cement remains unable to invest in expanding its operations owing to its unfortunate location: in Hub, the biggest industrial city in Balochistan, a province wracked with ethnic and religious violence.

Like most of Pakistan’s construction materials companies, Attock Cement operates just one plant: a 1.8 million ton capacity factory based in Hub, an industrial suburb of Karachi and the only major industrial town in Balochistan. Violence in and around Hub has made it difficult for the company to contemplate expanding its operations within the same facility.

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Negligence led to flyover collapse

Experts believe Saturday's flyover collapse that killed at least 12 people and injured many more was triggered due to the negligence of authorities as they failed to beef up security measures after a previous accident at the same under-construction overpass.

Accidents in under-construction sites are common in Bangladesh due to lax security measures. One of the girders of the same flyover had collapsed on June 29 and probe held lack of security measures as the reason behind the accident.

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Miracle Mile Security and Construction

With more holiday guests expected on the Miracle Mile in the coming holidays the District has increased their security patrols by adding one additional full time officer to cover the district that contains 235 businesses between Alpine Avenue to, and including, Harding Way from Lincoln to El Dorado Streets. Security officers from Delta Hawkeye now patrol the district by automobile, on bike and on foot patrol.

The shopping and dining district is also anticipating traffic delays in the coming months due to the long anticipated construction of median projects at both ends of the Miracle Mile—Pacific Avenue at the Calaveras River and Pacific Avenue at Harding Way. The medians will include decorative brickwork, lush landscaping, and monument signs to identify the area. Construction is expected to begin in early November and may last several months.

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Plant Theft costing UK Construction Industry over £800 Million a Year

A review conducted by leading insurer Allianz Cornhill, today reveals that over £70 million of construction plant, including excavators, compressors and even cranes, has been stolen from construction sites in the last year, despite initiatives by the Government to encourage plant manufacturers to improve in-built security features.

It estimates that the UK construction industry is now losing over £800 million a year when other costs associated with plant theft are taken into account. These costs include plant replacement costs, hire of replacement equipment, loss of business and increased insurance premiums. The insurer has also discovered that thieves have become more sophisticated in the methods they employ, even posing as plant manufacturers maintenance workers in order to remove vehicles from site.

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