The skyrocketing cost of lumber is wreaking havoc on construction. Not only is it adding a significant cost increase to the builder and or end-user, it is also creating a workplace hazard, namely theft. Long-time HAVAN member Pantheon Developments recently became the latest victim of lumber theft from the job site.
Scenario: 28 sheets of 5/8 TG plywood were taken from a well-fenced and secured site in Marpole. The lumber was well away from the lane, fence panels were secured, partially locked and the top sheets of plywood were screwed down, yet the plywood was still taken.
President, Hans von Tiesenhausen, notes a few suggestions that might serve useful to other members to save some grief.
ADDED SECURITY TIPS:
- Use 8’ fences (be sure to check bylaws)
- Cover fences with tarps/mesh to reduce drive-by visibility
- Chain/lock/clamp panels together
- Mark your materials with your company logo or name
- Install motion-sensor floodlights
- Make friends with the local block watch
- Hire drive-by security to check if fences are locked
- Screw down plywood lifts with large framing screws
- Limit delivery of supply to the beginning of the week to minimize materials left unused over the weekend.
Federated Insurance notes tool theft is also an ongoing issue. To help you keep track of your equipment and protect against unexpected expenses and project delays, Federated Insurance has developed this risk management resource on record keeping best practices for contracting businesses.