5 Misconceptions That People Have About the Construction Business

Construction is one of those industries that everyone relies on but people seldom consider. But the industry impacts all of our lives for the simple reason that we all need shelter. Unlike the tech and automobile industries, the construction industry is worldwide and ranges from small businesses to multinational corporations. Still, some have a negative image of it. So what are some of the misconceptions people have about the construction business?

Construction Doesn’t Require Any Skill

One of the biggest misconceptions about the construction industry is that those who work in it are uneducated and have no skills. Some of this may have to do with negative images that have been perpetuated by Hollywood. Most people are familiar with the portrayal of the construction worker as a meathead.

But it may surprise people to learn that some very educated individuals work in construction. Architects, engineers, and scientists all work in the construction industry. And even those who may not be college-educated, such as masons, electricians, and plumbers, are skilled workers. General laborers may be the only construction workers who aren’t college-educated or considered skilled.

No One Cares About Safety

Another misconception about the construction industry is that it’s unsafe and no one really cares about the safety of workers. While it’s true that you’re more likely to be injured working on a construction site than in an office building, it’s not true that no one cares about the safety of the workers or that no one is working to improve safety.

In fact, several tech companies are taking steps to make the industry safer. These companies are using technology to devise smart equipment that can sense when an accident is about to happen, making communication between the construction office and the construction site easier, and designing robots to work in situations considered unsafe.

Construction Companies Can’t Control Costs

The idea that construction companies are unable to control costs is also a misconception. And although most projects do run into cost overruns, the idea that there is nothing construction companies can do about this is not true.

Cost overruns are typically the results of poor planning, poor communication, and estimates that aren’t accurate. These are all areas that construction companies can work to improve upon and are working to improve upon. Some companies have even begun to use software that helps them better calculate the costs of projects.

Construction Companies Buy All of Their Equipment

While it may have been true years ago that construction companies bought all their equipment, things are changing. More and more companies are beginning to rent commercial vehicles and equipment for projects. One reason for this trend is that a construction company’s equipment needs can change from project to project.

Why spend money buying vehicles and equipment that you won’t need on a continual basis and will soon become outdated? Due to the cost-saving, companies have begun renting vehicles and equipment, tailoring the rentals to the type of project they’re working on.

The Construction Industry Is in Trouble

Although the construction industry goes through rough patches this is no different from any other industry. And like other industries, construction has faced issues related to the coronavirus pandemic but is bouncing back.

As long as people around the world have a need for housing, offices buildings, and other forms of shelter, there will be a construction industry. In fact, some construction companies reported projects remained steady for them during the pandemic, though there may have been problems related to logistics and meeting labor demands.

Although the construction industry remains important around the globe, there are persistent misconceptions that plague the industry. Some still see construction as an industry of uneducated workers, unsafe working conditions, and unscrupulous companies that can’t control costs. But as innovations continue to be made in safety and as better working conditions are introduced, the hope is that people’s ideas will begin to change about what it means to be in the construction business.

 

Rylie Holt