A Day in the Life of a Construction Worker
A Day in the Life of a Construction Worker
Nobody ever said construction work was easy. However, working in construction is one of the most rewarding professions you can choose, both physically and mentally.
The construction industry is always changing and there are many new technologies and opportunities available to new workers. Some people think of construction as an 'old boys club' but in modern times construction is accessible to just about anyone who is willing to put in the work.
But what does a day in the life of a typical construction worker look like?
In this post, we will put you in the shoes of a construction worker so you can get a better idea of what the workday looks like.
Preparing for a Day on Site
Before the workday begins, you must rise in the morning and prepare yourself for a day of rewarding labor.
Typically, you will wake up between 5 AM and 6 AM (depending on what time work begins), shower, prepare breakfast, and take care of any household chores.
You will need to eat a nutritious and filling breakfast as you will be using your muscles throughout the day. Many workers prefer egg-based dishes, high-protein meats, or oatmeal. Regardless of what you eat, avoid empty calories and sugary drinks as they can lead to a midday crash.
After getting dressed, you will drive to the site. Most sites begin work at 8 AM however for certain projects workers may need to arrive earlier. 5 PM is a typical finish time for many sites, but if the day starts earlier, you will get off earlier too.
Upper management will often call to check in on orders and shipments first thing in the morning while lower-level employees prepare themselves to begin work.
Mornings tend to be busy as they are the coolest parts of the day, so you must come prepared for work immediately.
Life on the Job
Immediately upon arriving, you will report to your team leader. The leader will give each worker a rundown of the day's responsibilities. They might also include some feedback on how the project is going and areas where you need to improve.
After this brief meeting, you will change into your gear (high-vis apparel, safety glasses, hardhat, etc.) and work will begin once there is enough natural light available.
Once the work has begun, the construction site can be a very chaotic and exciting space. There will be many different jobs happening simultaneously, so it is important that you stay focused on your assigned task and do not interfere with other workers.
Some tasks will include a teamwork component, so steady, clear communication is necessary.
Employees with specific licenses may be operating heavy, advanced equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, or other machines. These workers are highly skilled and trained to work with this special equipment, so not just anyone can fill this role.
Other workers will be laying bricks, cleaning concrete, pouring cement, and doing other various tasks.
It is also important to remember that you may be operating at great heights (harnessed safely of course) so caution is especially important in those roles. You will often work on aluminum access panels, which provide excellent support at great heights.
Construction work can be demanding, so you will take frequent breaks to rest and rehydrate. Water should be consumed every hour, especially on hot days. Dehydration can be extremely dangerous as it impairs cognitive functions, so many states have laws in place requiring regular water breaks.
During the day, labor becomes more difficult as there are many cars on the road and pedestrians walking about. You will need to be mindful of people walking below and you must exercise caution when working near streets.
At the end of the workday, the site will be locked and secured by the safety official, and for the rest of the day, you are free to do as you please.
A Future in Construction
It is easy to see why construction is an attractive opportunity for many people. Not only does it help you stay in shape and build muscle, but the pay is also excellent, and workers learn valuable skills without the need for a college degree.
It may not be physically easy, but many workers find that construction work beats the stress and complacency of an office job.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in construction, SiteWORX is hiring. We currently have openings for general employment, general labor, and other more advanced opportunities.
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