Security in the picture

A new service offering site security systems on a re-hire basis is being introduced on a national basis. EHN finds out more.

Site security is a major consideration. In his foreword to the report ‘The Role of Security in the Construction Industry’ published last November by The Chartered Institute of Building, David Philip, chair of the Institute’s Digital and Asset Management special interest group, said that the consequences of poor security should not be underestimated. He commented that incidents “could affect project financial margins, the construction programme, business reputation, the built asset itself and, worst of all, the lives of personnel,” with repercussions throughout the supply chain.

Paul Cameron, FRG Director Site Solutions (South), emphasises the specialist nature of the work involved in serving the security sector. “The initial site survey is crucial. We undertake a risk assessment and take account of factors like the proximity of roads, other access points, existing fencing and so on. We also ask what sources of power will be available, which might dictate the use of battery- powered or hybrid equipment. Setting up a site is a specialised task, and we are able to make a visit on a hire company’s behalf, with or without their own staff in attendance, and prepare a quotation. Some other suppliers have a minimum contract length of 13 weeks, but ours can be as short as a week.”

Amongst FRG’s mobile security products is equipment supplied by STBS Ltd (Security Tower Bespoke Solutions), a sister company to the generator and lighting tower supplier, MHM Plant. However, FRG adapts, or ‘dresses’, the machines by adding the specific camera systems, audio facilities and detection technology that is tailored to each individual project, again showing the specialist nature of the service.

Construction site products FRG supplies security systems to sites throughout the country.

Evaluating a site’s security requirements, choosing appropriate equipment and then maintaining it is a specialist field, but First Response Group (FRG), which provides a range of site protection services nationwide, is now rolling out a re-hire activity to enable hire businesses to offer security solutions as part of their service.

Based in Leeds and having six other locations throughout Britain, FRG was founded in 2007 and has established itself as a specialist provider of essential site services, including fire safety, access control, cleaning and traffic monitoring. Security is a major area of its activities, currently serving larger contractors, housebuilders, rail and highway projects and a number of national hire groups, and it is now looking to expand its penetration into other projects by offering a re- hire service through hire businesses.


Group Sales Director Andrew Smallwood says FRG is particularly proud of the many accreditations it holds, including NICEIC Approved Contractor status, Achilles, RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme), BAFE Fire Safety Register, ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety management).


Products available include the Mini Tower 2 mobile CCTV security tower for use at construction sites, infrastructure projects, events and similar applications. The Smartsite Hybrid Pro is a static security tower that has a battery pack as well as a diesel generator, enabling it to run unmanned for up to 180 days on one tank of fuel, according to the manufacturer. The Smartsite Detect Tower is a highly portable unit that can be quickly wheeled into specific areas such as temporary access points. Products can also be fitted with solar panels, and finished with a hire company’s logos, if required.

Machines available in the FRG range include the compact Smartsite Detect Tower.

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44