Event Badges for Worksite Security
Time was, we could throw a temporary fence around a construction project and rest easy, knowing that we had done our best to secure the site. Even without the fence, the worst thing that might happen would be a few kids poking around. But as our company got bigger, our projects got larger. Site security became a much bigger issue, and a fence was not enough.
These days, some of my active sites require security guards at night. An unfinished construction project can be a sort of attractive nuisance, day or night, and with a lot of workers on site, I can’t always recognize every laborer in my employ. I’ve got to protect my materials and my interests. That’s why I had to issue ID badges to the crew.
For my regular crew, there are white security badges, imprinted with the company logo, along with their names. This helps everyone recognize the men and women in my organization. Since I occasionally bring in independent contractors, I decided to print a second run of badges. These yellow event badges identify the wearer as an independent contractor, and let my crew know that these workers belong on site as well.
Then I even printed a third stack of badges, in red, for visitors. If the client wants a tour of the site, or it’s Take Your Children to Work Day or something, authorized visitors get the red security badge. Printing them in red makes them highly visible, and the entire crew knows to keep a special eye on anyone wearing a red badge. This keeps everyone out of trouble and helps keep the worksite more secure.
In the Dark
At night, our night watchmen are also issued white ID badges. There have been issues with thieves trying to steal materials and, when they were caught by our keen guards, they tried to claim that I had sent them! But I’m a stickler for these ID tags now, and everyone who works for me knows that no one comes on the site without the proper identification. I mean, even city inspectors have to wear the yellow badges. So now, it’s easy to tell whether or not someone is sneaking around the site after dark, or if they’re authorized to be there.
Wearing an ID on a lanyard can be dangerous for some of the folks in my company if they’re operating power tools or heavy machinery. Most of them use a bulldog clip and attach the badge either to their shirt or their belt, depending on what they’re doing. I’ve had some complaints about the rule, but in general, people recognize that it’s safer this way. When you’ve got a hundred guys on sight, you’re not going to know every one by name. This way, you can glance at an event badge and get a pretty good idea of who you’re looking at and what they’re doing there.
No badge? Then I know you don’t belong!