Common Construction Industry Myths
Sticks and stones may build buildings; however, throwing them can also hurt the construction industry. There are many myths, cruel jokes, and mistruths spread about the construction business that have been going around for decades. Over time, these friendly jabs have created a culture of prejudice surrounding those who work for construction companies. As a result, businesses and employees have suffered. Just like not every lawyer is an ambulance chaser, or all doctors don’t only care about money, here are some misconceptions surrounding construction workers.
Construction People Are Stupid
We don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t let a stupid person construct a hospital, apartment building, or school. Yet, construction workers are the only people qualified to perform these tasks safely and in a costly manner.
There is nothing stupid about working with your hands. Just like being a teacher, construction work is a skillset not suited for everyone. You need to be able to communicate, perform physically demanding tasks, write reports, read safety materials, and perform math equations. All of these tasks require brain power than only construction workers are trained to have.
Anyone Can Do Construction
Sure, you can teach any person to complete any task. However, not every person will come into the project with the same knowledge-base, passion, and talent. That’s why it’s important not to hire any ol’ Joe Schmoe off the street to do a job for you.
Construction companies have trained professionals with the correct credentials and insurance. These documents are a sigh of relief for anyone hiring a construction company. It shows that the persons performing the task has the right foundational knowledge to complete the job efficiently…and with the highest standards.
Construction is Dangerous
Sure, construction isn’t as safe as an administrative assistant at a dental clinic. However, it’s far from a dangerous industry. Our ancestors have been constructing buildings since the beginning of time. Over the centuries, construction companies have gained a solid knowledge about performing routine tasks safely.
In fact, the Department of Labor states that construction-related injuries and fatalities have decreased every year since 2006. Instead, transportation and warehouse-related fatal injuries have increased annually since 2011.
You Don’t Need an Education for Construction
Just because you went to college doesn’t mean that a life in construction isn’t the life for you. We went to school to get a good job with benefits. Construction companies offer many full-time positions, union memberships, holidays off, competitive pay, and benefits. Those aren’t such bad perks for a college grad.
Not to mention, working for a construction company doesn’t mean you’re going to be digging up trenches or laying down foundation. You can land yourself a managerial, supervisorial, marketing, human resources, or accounting role. The possibilities are endless, not limited, when you work in construction.