Security in Industrial Facilities: The Signal Difference

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Abigail Korinek

Industrial facilities hold immense importance in our daily lives as they serve as the backbone of production, providing a wide array of goods and services essential for modern living and fostering innovation. Over the years, the advent of modern technology has made the need for security all the more evident. This transformation is exemplified by a mining operation in Eastern Pennsylvania that transitioned all of its security needs to Signal, lowering costs for the client and bringing peace of mind to the entire operation. 

Traditionally, security in mining operations involved an officer stationed in a trailer, tasked with simply watching the mine for hours on end. Other providers may have been tasked with things like patrolling the property or checking for compliance and safety standards. Recognizing the need for a more effective and efficient approach, this mining operation in Pennsylvania transitioned all its needs to Signal, marking a significant change in security practices. 

After adopting Signal’s advanced technology, all security needs were consolidated in-house, offering a seamless and centralized solution for the client. The transition includes shifting from one officer stationed in an office to a patrol model, allowing the entire facility to operate more efficiently. By combining the presence of multiple high-profile vehicles with strategic patrol, Signal is able to deter potential threats and make their presence at the site known to all in the community. 

In addition to traditional security measures, the mining operation integrated value-added services. Officers stationed at the breaker ensured security and actively participated in maintaining the boilers. This involved tasks such as shoveling coal and ash, and monitoring temperature levels. This role's importance became particularly apparent in the challenging northeast winters, where the risk of the breaker freezing posed a significant threat to coal production and financial losses. 

Beyond the immediate security concerns, the mining operation recognized the importance of compliance with federal regulations. Unauthorized access to mines is a substantial risk, and ensuring compliance is crucial for the safety of both the workers and the surrounding community. By embracing a patrol model and actively engaging with individuals on-site, the mining operation demonstrated its commitment to federal regulations, reassuring authorities that security measures were not merely theoretical but actively enforced. 

Acknowledging that security is intertwined with safety, the mining operation ensured that its officers underwent comprehensive training, aligning with MSHA Part 48 standards. This meant that the security personnel were equipped to identify safety hazards and potential risks, complementing the efforts of the miners. By sharing common goals and training criteria, the security team became an integral part of the overall safety within the mining operation. 

The evolution of security in industrial facilities reflects a commitment to efficiency, safety and compliance. By embracing advanced technology, adopting value-added services and prioritizing comprehensive training, the mining operation not only enhanced security but also contributed to the overall well-being of the community and the industry. In a world where industrial operations are increasingly vulnerable to various threats, investing in robust security measures is not just a necessity but a strategic imperative for sustainable and responsible practices. 

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