Safeguarding contractor's small tools

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This guidance covering on-site risk management for construction sites and SMEs is available to you free of charge*. For more guidance like this, visit our non-warranty guidance hub here.

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Safeguarding contactors' small tools and equipment

Safeguarding contractors' equipment

Small tools and equipment are often stolen from construction sites, impacting both the cost and progression of projects. The theft of small tools and equipment from construction sites is an ongoing concern for project stakeholders, including contractors, customers, hire companies and the police.

Thievery of these types of items is on the increase, potentially impacting the smooth running of projects with increased costs, project delays and damage often ensuing.

Our brief guide to loss prevention aims to provide a best practice guide for preventing the theft of small tools and equipment (ST&E) from construction project sites and vehicles.

Our guide defines the key practical arrangements that should be in place to mitigate the risk of theft, supported by industry theft prevention and recovery best practices.

It also outlines the minimum requirements that may be expected by insurers (please check your insurance policy for details). The risk of theft can be mitigated by adhering to the following control measures.

These have been laid out under specific headings and include checklists to aid with compliance and monitoring. Recovery measures are also included to assist with the tracking down and recovery of stolen items.

Download a copy of this document to access the full guidance from HSB.


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*The guidance in this document refers to industry best practice loss control advice. Adoption of the advice contained within this document does not imply compliance with industry, statutory or HSB guidelines, nor does it guarantee that losses will not occur.

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Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty Technical Manual.

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