Construction is foundational to an economy. Construction crews erect new homes, offices, industrial plants, and retail locations in addition to many other kinds of projects. These projects affect every industry, and so many people depend upon a successful build. Despite this, there are clear modern challenges in the construction industry that impact construction workers and hinder project progress. Read on to learn what these difficulties are and how the industry can address them.
A Shortage of Skilled Labor
A lack of quality labor is perhaps the most acute challenge in the construction industry. When real estate and other jobs dried up in the 2008 recession, thousands of trained and able men and women left the construction industry to secure a new source of income. Many of these people, equipped with years of training and aptitude, did not return. In the following decade or so, the labor vacuum costs construction crews more in training for new hires, but the low supply of workers remains a sustained issue.
Safety and Communication Concerns
Also, the construction industry struggles to drastically improve safety concerns and suffers from communication inconsistencies. Construction, in the past and now, has one of the highest rates of injury and death. This isn’t entirely surprising because of their work with heavy machinery, but the danger posed to workers repels prospective workers while complicating construction projects and putting people at risk. The answer to this is extensive training upon hiring followed by intentional ongoing training as crews introduce new systems and technologies, as well as improved communication among crewmembers. There are several ways to improve construction site communication—one example is introducing two-way radios to allow your workers to send urgent messages immediately without costly or dangerous delays.
Regulations and Technology
Unsurprisingly, the construction industry must work within specific regulations to ensure the safety of those who will live and work within the walls of their buildings upon the project’s completion. Understanding and obeying regulations is challenging enough as they evolve, but educating new workers on these regulations adds even more of a struggle. Compound upon that the institution of new technologies. The construction industry is slow to adopt new tech, including drones and modeling software, which could quicken their build times. This is likely due in part to regulatory issues with introducing new technology.