The Shortages Of Construction Labourers
The construction workforce is changing rapidly, and the impact it will have on our industry and country is a topic of frequent debate. For many of our construction clients, the shortage of skilled labour is a major concern for their organisations now and in the future. Finding great General contractor Dartmouth is getting harder, and with the job shortages on the rise, it can be impossible to find the right employees for your labour job.
An important but less publicised issue is the potential long-term impact of the skilled worker shortage. We need qualified, skilled workers to repair our country’s ageing infrastructure and build our schools, streets, roads, hospitals and bridges. If these skilled workers are not available, what is the cost to the U.S. economy and our country’s overall health and well-being? While technological advances have made it possible to build more effectively and efficiently with fewer people, the technology has yet to replace the need for skilled labour.
The most recent recession put an end to many of the training and apprenticeship programs that had previously taught the construction industry’s next generation. High schools in the U.S. have increasingly focused their curriculum on preparing students for success at four year colleges rather than vocational schools. The industry needs more firms to sponsor training and apprenticeship programs. We also need to encourage construction companies to utilise the training that is available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other sources. In the last few years, there have been an alarming number of deaths on sites that have not utilised available safety training.
The thrill of being part of the team to build and rebuild America can be intoxicating. Watching a new ballpark or skyscraper rise in our cities and knowing that we helped to build it is exciting. Being able to tell our children or grandchildren that we worked on a particular project is a source of pride. Contractors who take the lead in training future workers will help ensure that promising candidates gain the skills and experience they need to be safe and successful in rebuilding America.
Much of the conversation about the construction workforce lately has focused on inexperienced workers and an ageing workforce – and for good reason. Less experienced workers are more likely to be injured and older workers are likely to have fewer, but more severe injuries.
Ageing workers are also more likely to have muscle and back strains, arthritis and joint problems, or hearing and vision problems than their younger counterparts. These older, more experienced workers often bring a lot of knowledge to the job site, but their injuries can be more costly to their employers.