The Top Construction Industry Myths

The Top Construction Industry Myths

25th November 2019

The construction industry is one of the biggest types of business in the world. Yet, it is something that has a lot of myths built up around it. The following are some of the things that many people wrongly believe about it. 

Only Men Work in Construction 

It is easy to think that only men work in construction. Yet, this isn’t true at all. An estimated 300,000 women work in the building industry in the UK. Across in the US, over 9% of jobs in the industry are currently filled by female workers.

Part of this diversity comes down to the great variety of roles that are available. Many women work as architects, engineers and surveyors, for example. At the end of the 19th century, Louise Blanchard Bethune became the first professional female architect in the US. Since then, this has become one of the industries that has been leading the way in terms of equality.

The National Association of Women in Construction hold an annual Women in Construction Week in March each year. With over 4,000 members, this is an indicator of how important female workers are in this sector. It is something that we can expect to grow too, as more women are inspired by the examples that they see.

It Is a Dangerous Business

There is no doubt that building work was dangerous in the old days. Perhaps the deadliest building project in history was the Panama Canal. With over 30,000 deaths, the rate of fatality was 408 per 1,000 workers. 

Railway construction was also incredibly dangerous in the past. Unconfirmed figures suggest that 106,000 workers died while working on the Burma-Siam Railway. If we look at any big building project in the past, there is a good chance that a number of deaths were involved in it. 

Yet, modern safety equipment and regulations mean that it is now a very safe industry. The likes of safety ladders, a step unit and fall protection equipment can be used so that even working at heights is a lot easier than it used to be. This is why the number of deaths and injuries on building sites has fallen dramatically this century.

It Damages the Environment

You may also think that building work is bad for the planet. Yet, this is another myth that needs to be more fully understood. In the past, this may have been the case, but it is no longer so.

Some of the latest modern advances make the construction industry more environmentally friendly. This can refer to the materials used, the building process or how the finished project helps the planet in some way.

The list of the greenest buildings on the planet gives us a good mixture of styles and ideas. There is rainwater being re-used in the Bank of America building, natural ventilation in India Tower and the Transbay Tower with wind turbines and sun shades.

The construction industry is sure to keep on moving with the times, becoming safer, more diverse and more environmentally friendly as new ideas help it to carry on progressing in the right direction.