Visitor's Site See'er Etc - General Discussion - Contractor Talk

Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-06-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
Cole82's Avatar
Trade: GC
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 4,127
Rewards Points: 2,276

Visitor's Site See'er Etc

So some of you guys know I am working on a big long term residential project. It has got a lot of media atention. We are getting about 3 visitors a day and am haveing trouble keeping them out of the house. Today alone we had 17 workers on site.

I have signs up no trespassing. Then at the entrances to the house I have EMPLOYEES ONLY. People don't seam to care or pay attention to the signs. I can't close the entrance drive way because it is also a working vinyard where people are welcome to rome through the grapes.

What can I do to keep people out while we are working? When not there we just lock the doors.

The boss of awesome

Last edited by Cole82; 08-07-2010 at 08:14 AM.
Cole82 is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!




Old 08-06-2010, 08:47 PM   #2
A. Spruce's Avatar
Trade: General Contractor - ret.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,430
Rewards Points: 500

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

You may want to consider temporary fencing around the area, or at least enough of it to block all the obvious pathways. If you can't keep them out, tell the owners that they need to either post someone to keep visitors out OR you'll shut the job down until they can provide jobsite security. The security of the site is not only for the visitors safetu, it's to protect the workers and the owners from lawsuits by these same mental midgets that can't can't read.


A. Spruce is offline  
Old 08-06-2010, 08:52 PM   #3
The Duke
Kent Whitten's Avatar
Trade: Cabinet Maker
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Portland, Maine
Posts: 14,746
Rewards Points: 2,040

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Who's running the show? It's up to the person running the show to keep them out. My insurance agent says it is a liability to have "visitors" and the insurance covers only me in a work environment. All bets are off if a "visitor" gets hurt. You need to make things very clear to whoever is in charge.
If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place ~Lao Tzu

Salmon Falls Cabinetry on Facebook
Kent Whitten is offline  
Sponsored Links
Old 08-06-2010, 09:01 PM   #4
Aframe's Avatar
Trade: Carpenter/GC
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Boston, Mass
Posts: 546
Rewards Points: 550

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Put up a sign,

Tours $50
Aframe is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Aframe For This Useful Post:
nlgutters (08-07-2010)
Old 08-06-2010, 09:02 PM   #5
Tscarborough's Avatar
Trade: Monkey Scratching Cat Herder
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 6,346
Rewards Points: 1,460

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

If anything were to happen and you did not have physical barriers up to bar (not hinder) access, it would be your ass. It is your responsibility to secure your jobsite, and if the owner does not agree with your method, a written waiver will STILL not protect you.
Tscarborough is offline  
Old 08-06-2010, 09:10 PM   #6
blackbear's Avatar
Trade: finish carpentry
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Saratoga, NY
Posts: 1,792
Rewards Points: 1,394

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

hire a sniper, they will eventually get the message.

I think the temp. fence is your best bet.
blackbear is offline  
Old 08-06-2010, 10:42 PM   #7
Fire up the BBQ
griz's Avatar
Trade: GC
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: ex-calif
Posts: 23,367
Rewards Points: 2,452

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

If the job site is already open to the public, as in Vineyard, you may have to hire a security guard to keep the lookey loos out. I say you because the owner will probably balk, but to protect your butt & keep your insurance policy intact it may be the only solution. Turn it into a PR thing. Have a large sign made explaining the nature of the project, ins. requirements, public & workers safety etc. You should already have a temp fence around the job. Your ins policy may require it. Good Luck.

Last edited by griz; 08-06-2010 at 10:44 PM.
griz is online now  
Old 08-07-2010, 02:13 AM   #8
mrghm's Avatar
Trade: Commerical Construction
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 232
Rewards Points: 150

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

i am working on a major project at our citys zoo, the GC has put up a full fence compund and put a auto gate on it with a key pad to open the gate.

in the city i have worked on high rise jobs where the site is fenced and the enter gate has a keypad lock and a guard on the truck gate.
mrghm is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 06:39 AM   #9
Cole82's Avatar
Trade: GC
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 4,127
Rewards Points: 2,276

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

I am the GC and know about the liability issues otherwise I wouldn't be asking how to keep people out.

The sign idea is good, to have something for them to focus on. With the scope of the work and final drawing etc.

Will try a couple gate baracades at some entrances if that doesn't work a fence will be the only solution.

The boss of awesome
Cole82 is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 07:11 AM   #10
Grand Rapids Remodeling
Paulie's Avatar
Trade: Remodeling Contractor
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI.
Posts: 3,115
Rewards Points: 2,052

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

I'd think about having the owner sign a amendment to the contract saying something like, "anyone not employed by the vineyard and authorized construction personal entering the area is the responsibility of the owner and GC has no responsibility as to the safety of unauthorized persons". "All liability of unauthorized persons in the work area is the owners responsibility."

Pretty rough, I know but I think your best bet is to have the owner take on the problem (and responsibility) and let you deal with what you were hired to do.

Maybe have your insurance guy/gal draw up something for the owners to sign. Just CYA.

Last edited by Paulie; 08-07-2010 at 07:21 AM.
Paulie is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 07:22 AM   #11
tcleve4911's Avatar
Trade: Remodeling contractor
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,254
Rewards Points: 1,008

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

The public does not read signs...or at least they don't comprehend.

We've had occasions where you turn around and there's some old retired guy chatting with one of the subs telling how he used to work for the union..... blah blah blah.

Fence or lock the doors.
Good Luck with John Q Public...........
Back in Maine
Dubbin' Around
Doin' good stuff ......
tcleve4911 is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 07:21 PM   #12
Hardly Working's Avatar
Trade: Carpenter
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Seattle,WA
Posts: 1,011
Rewards Points: 812

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Originally Posted by blackbear View Post
hire a sniper, they will eventually get the message.
Once the first one drops the rest will retreat.

Is the house open to the public, or are they getting off track and just wondering into your site? A big 24"x36" sign with red letters.


Inform the owner that this has become more than just an inconvenience it's now a hazard and what if someone sued him or you. When you mention the word "Lawsiut" they'll wake up.
Hardly Working is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 07:24 PM   #13
LRG WoodCrafting

Leo G's Avatar
Trade: Maker of Fine Sawdust
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Posts: 43,216
Rewards Points: 12,559

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Trespassers will be fined $1000 and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Sawdust Follows Me Everywhere
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
Sanding is the bane of my existence

Originally Posted by HusqyPro View Post
Carpenter by day.
Mad scientist by night.
Custom Cabinets in Hartford County Connecticut
Leo G is online now  
Old 08-07-2010, 08:10 PM   #14
I like Green things
WarnerConstInc.'s Avatar
Trade: Architectural Mill Work
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: In a van, down by the river. Auburn, IN
Posts: 22,942
Rewards Points: 5,858

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Electric fence?
Warner Mill Works
WarnerConstInc. is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 08:12 PM   #15
blu's Avatar
Trade: Remod
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 72
Rewards Points: 75

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Bear traps?
blu is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 08:32 PM   #16
Cole82's Avatar
Trade: GC
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 4,127
Rewards Points: 2,276

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

They are just getting off track and wondering in. It is NOT open to the public, it will be the vineyard owners house. So it will never be a public area.

Thanks for the suggestions.

The boss of awesome
Cole82 is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 08:57 PM   #17
Project Superintendent
mudpad's Avatar
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 2,525
Rewards Points: 2,000

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Land Mines
mudpad is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 09:09 PM   #18
It's Not a Toomaa!!
HandyHails's Avatar
Trade: Remodels
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Reading Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,624
Rewards Points: 1,000

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

Originally Posted by Aframe View Post
Put up a sign,

Tours $50

What he said.
HandyHails is offline  
Old 08-07-2010, 10:21 PM   #19
gallerytungsten's Avatar
Trade: Design
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 260
Rewards Points: 250

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

While I enjoyed the more humorous suggestions, I think your best bet is a fence. There are fence rental companies that will come out and have it up pronto.
gallerytungsten is offline  
Old 08-09-2010, 02:45 PM   #20
blast4cash's Avatar
Trade: media blasting
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: central il
Posts: 396
Rewards Points: 272

Re: Visitor's Site See'er Etc

[quote=blackbear;983035]hire a sniper, they will eventually get the message. The first one is an accident then its illegal.


blast4cash is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is this a great site or what? DaVinciRemodel General Discussion 17 12-17-2009 10:10 AM
New to the site. siteservicesllc New Member Introductions 4 12-02-2009 10:29 PM
Web site questions Roberts Ren Websites and SEO 2 10-27-2009 08:58 AM
Web Site Critique? Carport King Landscaping 1 02-17-2009 04:04 PM
Leaving that job site...revisted.... ruskent Business 9 08-21-2008 06:21 AM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for

At we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?