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Getting the right training to begin your career in construction is half of your mission. The other half is to know your profession by heart and do much of the research on your own. Anyone who is interested in construction work should learn these 5 facts.
Construction workers wear personal protective equipment (PPE), in the form of helmets, safety goggles and vests, while working. They wear gloves as they wield heavy tools to cut, grind and lay down concrete for the construction of sidewalks and driveways. They operate loud machinery and may need ear plugs to prevent hearing loss. Know the PPE gear that is essential to wear on the construction site and for which projects.
The worst construction accidents happen to workers who’ve been in the business for decades. They go through countless hours of training and wear the safety gear, but after making one mistake, they face life-threatening injuries and cause thousands of dollars in equipment damages. Always being present in the moment and double checking your work are necessary ways to prevent workplace accidents.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction jobs are increasing slightly at a 5% rate from 2019 into 2029. Cars and roads are being used every day, especially with the increased use of home delivery services. Construction workers are responsible for maintaining and repairing roads, bridges and other forms of infrastructure that control human movement.
Despite the increasing job growth, the industry is facing a shortage of construction workers. Many young people have misconceptions about the industry and may think that the work is too dangerous for too little pay. To find more workers, many employers are offering benefits and hiring recruiters to tackle myths.
Prepare for a career in construction by taking relevant classes like welding, woodshop or carpentry. Welding helps you to understand how certain materials are joined together using high heat followed by cooling. Woodshop and carpentry classes allow you to put together structures by hand. This gives you a better understanding of how walls, ceilings and floors are assembled in a home.
Working in construction is easy when you have acquired some knowledge of the subject. Learn more about the average salary, job growth rates, different types of training and safety techniques to avoid accidents. Know what is expected of you before you take on this demanding job.