A Day in the Life of a Construction Worker

A Day in the Life of a Construction Worker

Construction worker onsite

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 industry is always changing and there are many new construction technologies and opportunities available to new workers. Some people think of construction as an 'old boys club' but today construction is accessible to just about anyone who is willing to put in the work.  


If you have ever considered a career in the construction industry in Cincinnati, Ohio or are curious about what you could bring to a construction site, this is the post for you.  


Where can you take your career in construction? Find out here! 


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.  


Construction workers in a hole next to construction equipment

Preparing for a Day on Site  


Preparation matters. Developing a dependable morning routine will help strengthen your body and keep your mind sharp all day long. A routine you can count on is the secret to a long career in the construction industry.     


What Time Does a Construction Worker Need to Wake Up? 


Typically, I wake up between 5 AM and 6 AM (depending on what time work begins), shower, prepare breakfast, and take care of any household chores.   


What Time Does a Construction Worker Need to Get on Site? 


After getting dressed, I drive to the site. Most sites begin work at 7 AM, however for certain projects workers may need to arrive earlier. 5:30 PM is a typical finish.   


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.  


Construction workers in a large metal tube

What is Life on the Construction Job Like? 


Immediately upon arriving, you will report to your team leader. The leader gives 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.   


At this point, you must be in your gear (high-vis apparel, safety glasses, hardhat, etc.). 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. 


Some of the most common jobs you can find on a construction site are: 


Machinery: Some employees operate 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.   


Handiwork: Other workers will be laying bricks, cleaning concrete, pouring cement, and doing other various tasks.  


Construction projects can be demanding, so you will take 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 around and you must exercise caution when working near streets.   


After this your shift will end, 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.   


How do you choose the right construction company for you? Use this guide! 


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, heavy equipment operators, and other advanced opportunities.   


Interested in applying? View our current openings here!