To better prepare for 2023, business leaders in the construction industry can benefit from knowing the trends that impacted the sector at the end of 2022. Like other sectors in the US economy, the construction industry had to grapple with the increasing inflation and economic downturn that characterized the second half of 2022.
Moreover, business leaders had to cope with industry-specific challenges, such as supply chain disruptions, rising interest rates, and a shortage of skilled workers. Construction companies also needed to keep abreast with emerging construction technologies, such as modular construction and the application of sustainable solutions.
These trends will persist in 2023, but proactive business leaders will leverage them to create competitive advantages.
Inflation, Supply Chain Disruptions, and Interest Rates Continue to Impact the Costs
In June 2022, the US inflation rate reached an all-time high of 9.1% since 1981. However, the annual inflation rate slowed from July to a low of 7.1% in November. The slowdown was higher than expert projections, which gives hope for better days ahead. How does the inflation rate impact the construction industry?
Inflation leads to a general increase in the price of commodities across the economy. As an industry, the construction sector suffers direct and indirect impacts of inflation. The immediate effect includes an increase in the price of construction materials, while indirect consequences come from consumers’ decreasing purchasing power. The increase in the cost of construction materials affects the profit of construction companies since they have to pay more to the suppliers. Inflation also affects other construction inputs, such as fuel and electricity. In general, inflation shrinks the profit margins of existing projects as the cost of raw materials and inputs rises.
Interest rates also went up as we closed out 2022 and the trend persists in 2023. An increase in interest rates impacts the cost of construction materials. Increased interest rates also affect cash flows as borrowing funds becomes expensive. In addition, an increase in interest rates affects demand for construction projects.
Supply Chain Crisis
The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the global supply chain due to the closure of overseas factories. This disruption led to a crisis in the construction industry caused by a shortage of raw materials.
After economic recoveries in 2021, construction companies rushed to get new suppliers to make up for the delays in deliveries. The rush to get supplies worsened the supply chain crisis in the second half of 2022 as it increased port congestion. This trend continues in 2023, meaning the shortage and cost of construction materials will likely remain high.
Construction companies can overcome the challenges of high inflation, fluctuating interest rates, and supply chain disruptions by investing in innovative and sustainable construction approaches. Innovations that enhance efficiency and increase productivity can help companies reduce production costs and use pricing strategies as their competitive advantage. Investing in supply chain visibility solutions can also help construction companies deal with the supply chain crisis.
Labor Shortage Continues to Be an Issue
Despite the challenges caused by rising inflation, interest rates, and the supply chain crisis, the construction industry remains optimistic. Business leaders can still leverage the trends to create a competitive advantage in the coming decade.
The slowdown in the inflation rate will likely stabilize the economy leading to an expansion of the construction industry or at least a resumption to historic levels. However, even as construction companies remain optimistic about growth in 2023, the labor shortage continues to be an issue.
Although job openings in the construction industry declined to 371,000 in October from an all-time high of 440,000 slots in April 2022, the vacancies are still high. If the trend persists in 2023, construction companies will continue struggling with a skilled labor shortage.
Lead Times and Construction Project Timelines Issues
Labor shortage and supply chain crisis continued to affect the construction industry in the second half of 2022. Long material lead times caused by the global supply chain crisis make it difficult for contractors to complete projects on time.
Shortage of labor makes it even more difficult for contractors to stick to project timelines, which impacts customer satisfaction. Since the trend continues in 2023, contractors must develop innovative ways of reducing lead time challenges. The strategies can include attracting and retaining talented workers and enhancing supply chain visibility.
Finding and Keeping the Right Talent
Attracting and retaining top talent in the industry was a challenge in the second half of 2022. Although labor shortage in the construction industry is not new, the aging workforce and the great resignation have exacerbated the situation. More skilled workers leave the industry, with fewer younger workers ready to replace them.
Human resource managers must develop strategies to attract skilled workers. Construction companies can attract the best talents by paying better wages and improving working conditions. They can also partner with educational institutions to encourage younger workers to join the industry.
The construction industry adopted more new construction technologies in the second half of 2022. This trend will continue in the coming years, with more companies applying technologies like modular construction to reduce costs, meet project timelines, and reduce environmental impacts.
A Higher Focus On Sustainability
Like other sectors, the construction industry is moving towards more sustainable construction solutions. Contractors are using recyclable construction materials and technologies that reduce environmental impacts. Project owners want to hire contractors who can incorporate eco-friendly construction strategies that minimize energy consumption and waste production.
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Construction workers remain an essential element in the industry. Despite mechanization and technological development, the construction industry still depends on workers to complete various projects. However, construction companies are struggling to fill vacancies in their projects. This shortage of construction workers has numerous implications for the industry. The shortage reduces productivity, impacts quality controls, increases the risk of injuries on construction sites, and exerts pressure on construction companies as claims for compensations increase.
Understanding the impacts of labor shortage in the industry can help construction companies develop mitigation measures.
Why Is There a Shortage of Construction Workers?
Several factors contribute to the current shortage of workers in the construction industry. Some factors are within the control of employers in the industry, while others are outside their control. Construction companies should address factors within their control to reduce the impact of labor shortages in the industry. Here are some of the factors leading to the shortage of construction workers.
An aging workforce. The construction industry has been dominated by baby boomers who are currently in their retirement age. Unfortunately, there are few millennials and generation z who are willing to replace the aging workforce. The younger population displays less interest in construction jobs due to working conditions or desire to work in other industries. A disconnect between education institutions and the job market is also working against the construction industry.
The Great Resignation. One of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic was great resignation. The containment measures gave workers time to reevaluate their priorities and most workers are now demanding a work-life balance. Demand for jobs that offered better work-life balance increased, while on-site jobs face massive resignations. Most workers approaching their retirement age in the construction industry also left their positions before time.
Challenges in recalling workers laid off during the great recession. The construction industry laid off a considerable percentage of its workforce during the great recession between 2007 and 2008. As the economy improved and construction projects increased after the pandemic, employers are finding it hard to trace the laid-off professionals.
Better wages in other sectors. A significant number of workers who worked in the construction industry before the pandemic have moved to other sectors. Transport and logistics sectors, for instance, employed a considerable number of construction workers.
Which Areas of Construction Are Being the Most Impacted by Construction Labor Shortage?
While almost every area of the construction industry is facing a shortage of workers, the following positions are the hardest to fill.
- Operations manager
- Project manager
Positions that require unskilled workers are still easy to fill. However, the unskilled workforce can only work with trained workers. The availability of an unskilled workforce can, therefore, not address the labor shortage in the industry.
What Is the Impact of the Lack of Construction Workers?
The shortage in the construction workforce impacts the industry in numerous ways. Like in every other sector, a shortage of skilled personnel leads to productivity, costs, and safety concerns. Contractors unable to fill various positions face the following challenges.
Demand for Construction Services Causing Increased Project Costs
Construction has become more expensive due to labor shortages and supply chain issues. The few skilled workers available for construction jobs demand higher remunerations as the demand for labor increases. Competition for the few workers in the industry requires employers to use monetary incentives to attract talented workers. In addition to a labor shortage, supply chain issues also impact project costs. Contractors have to grapple with the increasing cost of materials before the global supply chain recovers from the impacts of the pandemic.
Projects Are Delayed or Take Much More Time Than Expected
Construction workers are the backbone of any construction project. While technology and mechanization have reduced the number of workers and time required to complete a project, skilled workers are needed to operate the machines. Without enough workers, construction companies delay some projects or prolong the completion time for existing projects. Operations managers working with a limited number of workers have to set their priorities right to keep their companies competitive. However, without the required number of workers, they are forced to put some projects on hold as they wait for workers to fill different vacancies.
Workers Are Feeling Burnout
As the shortage of workers continues to hurt the construction industry, existing workers are forced to work for longer hours to meet project completion deadlines. In an industry that demands the use of physical energy, working for long hours can lead to burnout. Burnout impacts the workers’ physical and mental health leading to reduced productivity. Contractors should be on the lookout for common causes of burnout and empower their employees to overcome them. While burnout can be sudden, there are warning signs for employers to look out for. One of the most common signs of burnout is increased use of alcohol or drugs. Helping the workers deal with burnout increases their productivity and as well as reduces workers’ risk on the construction site.
Quality Control Issues
The labor shortage in the industry means contractors have fewer experienced workers to complete the increasing number of construction projects. Some construction companies may try to proceed with projects without the entire crew. In such cases, unskilled workers are assigned duties that should only be left to professionals.
Increased Builder Risk
The labor shortage in the construction industry is also leading to increased builder risks. The rush to complete projects and poor quality controls caused by labor shortage can lead to dangerous working conditions. Exposing workers struggling with burnout or deploying inadequate/inexperienced workers increases the risk of accidents at the site. Leaving out essential members of the construction crew due to labor shortage also increases the risk of accidents. As contractors deal with the shortage of construction workers, they should organize frequent pieces of training on construction safety.
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Spring is a great time to consider your facility’s cooling tower system. As the weather warms up, many comfort cooling systems shut down in the late fall and winter will soon be put back into operation. Following a few “good housekeeping” procedures are important before these systems are filled with water and started up. These steps allow facilities managers to save money and avoid headaches during the cooling season.
Step 1: Clean Cooling Tower Fill, Basin and Hot Deck
To prepare a cooling system for the upcoming season, clean the cooling tower fill, basin and hot deck. Dirt and debris from the previous cooling season and winter months can build up and must be removed. Failure to remove this debris can foul and plug system components, leading to poor cooling system performance.
Additionally, debris can be a food source for microbiological growth, which can cause corrosion and fouling of heat exchange surfaces and can lead to airborne pathogens such as Legionella. To avoid these issues, debris should be removed from the hot deck and distribution holes. Any broken sprayers or distributors should be repaired or replaced, and the system should be sanitized before being returned to service.
Step 2: Clean and Calibrate Cooling Water Controller
To ensure the optimal functioning of your cooling systems, it’s crucial to clean and calibrate various components. These include the cooling water conductivity controller, probes, flow switch, level controls and chemical metering pumps. Conductivity, pH, and ORP probes that have not been serviced for several months should be cleaned and calibrated. Chemical metering pumps may also need to be cleaned and primed with fresh chemicals before calibration.
Components not properly maintained during the previous season may need to be repaired or replaced to help your cooling systems run smoothly and efficiently. Check that all parts function correctly to keep the cooling water’s chemical balance and prevent scale buildup and corrosion.
Step 3: Clean and Lubricate Fans and Motors
The final step in preparing for the cooling season is cleaning fan housings, lubricating fans and motors, and checking for oil leaks. Ensure fan belts are tight and in working order and replace them if necessary. Oil leaks in fan motors can foul the cooling water system, reducing heat transfer efficiency and causing microbiological growth.
RK Water can assist with your facility needs by providing maintenance services for cooling tower systems, including cleaning and disinfecting the water tanks, checking and repairing leaks, and ensuring that the system is functioning correctly before the start of the cooling season. RK Water’s expertise can help you save money on energy costs and avoid costly repairs down the line.
The construction industry has long been plagued by productivity challenges, hindering its ability to keep pace with other sectors. However, with the adoption of modular construction, the industry is undergoing a transformative shift that is revolutionizing the way buildings are designed and constructed. By leveraging the efficiencies and speed-to-market advantages of modular construction, construction companies and project owners can drastically reduce building time while still delivering high-quality, sustainable buildings. As the demand for commercial construction continues to rise, modular construction represents a game-changing solution that can help meet this demand while simultaneously driving efficiency, productivity, and profitability in the industry.
What is Modular Construction?
Modular construction, also known as off-site construction, is a building method that allows the construction of a building to take place off-site. The structures are constructed under controlled factory conditions and then transported to the construction site. Although the building is done in modules and parts are built in a factory, the building design, construction materials, and standards stick to the blueprint. Since the design and material specification remains the same, one would ask what drives the shift from conventional building methods to modular construction. Here are some of the reasons that explain why the technology has revolutionized the construction industry.
Off-site Construction Saves Time
Modular technology simplifies construction by reducing project completion time. When used effectively, modular construction can reduce construction time by almost 50%. Several factors help reduce the time required to complete a construction project.
First, factory prefabrication and site preparation can happen simultaneously. Delivery of the prefabricated structures and other materials can also be coordinated using just-in-time delivery strategies. Just-in-time deliveries mean materials arrive just when they are needed. This approach enhances efficiency by eliminating downtimes caused by delays in material delivery.
Secondly, off-site construction technology reduces weather delays. Traditionally construction sites have been interrupted by unfavorable weather conditions. Unfavorable weather conditions reduce visibility, which reduces the efficiency of construction workers. In addition, rain or snow may undo previously completed tasks. However, in modular construction, prefabrication happens in a factory setting, which reduces time wasted due to weather delays.
Thirdly, modular construction allows construction mechanization. The prefabricated parts can be moved by heavy-duty equipment that is faster and more efficient than human beings. Construction mechanization allows workers using modular construction technology to complete a building in a single day.
Finally, construction workers do not have to wait for natural processes. At the site, construction workers are only required to assemble the prefabricated parts.
Modular construction is More Cost Effective
Project owners are looking for cost-effective ways of completing their projects. However, even though the project owners explore different ways of cutting costs, they do not want to compromise quality. Modular construction helps the project owners achieve this goal. When compared to conventional methods, off-site construction reduces construction costs in the following ways;
Modular building technology has revolutionized the construction sector by enhancing efficiency and improving productivity. Since productivity is a function of the overall project cost, boosting it can greatly reduce the total cost of construction. As noted earlier, modular construction reduces downtimes caused by material delays or weather interruptions. Eliminating the downtimes reduces the overall cost of construction.
Improving efficiency benefits both the project owners and construction companies. As project owners enjoy a reduced cost of construction, construction companies can use modular construction technology to improve their pricing strategies.
A considerable amount of project cost goes into wasted materials. Reducing material wastage can lower construction costs. Modular construction reduces material waste by up to 80%. Reducing construction waste at the factory and the construction site helps cut the cost of construction.
Reduces Project Time
Reducing project construction time reduces the hours required to complete the project. Since labor is a significant component of the overall project cost, reducing the time required to complete the project makes modular construction a cost-effective building technology.
Modular Construction is a Greener Technology
The construction industry, on pace with other sectors, continues exploring more environmentally-friendly, sustainable production methods. But how is modular construction a sustainable building method?
- The fabrication process is factory-controlled. A factory-controlled production generates less waste compared to on-site construction. Factory managers apply different production methods to enhance efficiency and minimize waste. The prefabricated structures are custom-made, meaning there is minimal on-site waste. The process also reduces on-site pollution.
- Modular construction enhances flexibility and sustainable use of materials. Since the modules are factory constructed and assembled at the site, disassembling is possible. If there is a need for relocation or repurposing of the building, construction workers can disassemble and ship the materials to another site. Reusing construction materials allows the project owners to meet their new needs with minimal energy use and environmental degradation.
Modular Building Technology Meets Building Codes and Standards
Since prefabrication happens in a factory setting, the technology meets or exceeds the building codes and standards. Modular building technology follows product designs and uses specified construction materials to meet regulatory standards.
Improves Safety at the Construction Site
Modular construction happens in a factory setting. With most work being done off-site, modular technology improves safety standards at the construction site. Construction companies that have adopted modular construction reduce downtimes caused by accidents and injuries.
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Modular construction has transformed the construction industry. The technology not only reduces construction time but makes it cost-efficient and sustainable. RK Industries understands your desire to reduce construction costs and protect the environment. We can help you achieve your objectives by providing more insights into modular construction technology. Contact us today to learn more about construction technologies.
Check for proper licensing first.
When you have a plumbing project that may require excavation work that needs immediate, high-quality service, be sure to check your service provider’s licensing before you hire them to do the job. Proper licensing is crucial whether you are managing the repair and replacement of water, sewer or fire service lines.
Time and time again, RK Service technicians receive calls from property owners who hired a provider to perform work on their property without proper licensing and now need to hire a properly licensed company to complete the job. Though the service provider likely offered to complete the job for a lower price, hiring a company to complete a plumbing project, including excavation work, without proper licensing is extremely risky for the property owner.
Why proper plumbing and excavation licensing is essential.
For example, did you know that fire and water lines are tied to the same mainline? When working on a fire or water line, your service provider must flush and chlorinate the line to properly complete the repair or replacement. If lines are not properly flushed, water lines can become contaminated, affecting the quality and safety of the drinking water for your tenants and potentially other buildings that utilize the same city water line.
These requirements are essential for public health and safety. Unfortunately, many plumbing companies may lack proper licensing or are unaware of license requirements.
What happens if you hire an unlicensed contractor to work on your project?
Though they may offer you a better price for the job, never hire an unlicensed company to do your plumbing work. Here are the top reasons why:
- If the provider is caught operating without the proper licensing, they may lose their rights to obtain the necessary licensure, incur a large fine, and be forced to cease to perform the mitigation work they were hired to complete, ultimately leaving you with a mess and an unfinished project.
- As a property or business owner, you could receive a lien on your property due to hiring a company that does not have proper licensing. At the end of the day, the property owner is responsible for the quality of work. For example, the City of Denver can fine the property owner if the street is not properly completed at the end of the project.
What type of licensing should my service provider have?
Many property owners are unaware the company they hired cannot perform certain services. As a property owner, ensure you understand what types of licensing your service provider needs to complete the work they are hired to perform.
Here is a simple guide to types of licenses that may be used in conjunction with plumbing work. Depending on the project’s location and the type of work to be performed, ensure your provider has the proper license to complete the job.
Types of licenses
- Right-of-Way (ROW) Licenses: Various locations may have different regulations. However, ROW licenses are generally required if performing work in the public right-of-way or on other public property for the jurisdiction licensed in. In addition, there are several sub-categories under ROW, such as Cement Sidewalk Contractor, Sewer Contractor, Excavation Contractor, Paving Contractor, Special Contractor, and Structural Contractor.
- Drainlayer License: This license is required for a Sewer Contractor if the company does not employ a Master Plumber. This license is typically used for drain laying, replacement/repair of sewer lines, storm lines and drainage channels.
- Fire Suppression Systems Contractor – Underground: Underground fire line is the start of any fire protection system as it supplies water to the fire sprinkler systems protecting your facility. A customer may need an excavation service to repair, replace and install an underground fire line.
- Utility Contractor License: A license that incorporates the use of tapping and is performed without shutting down the primary utility line, commonly referred to as a wet tap. The license is used to complete work on a sewer connection or where a building’s sanitary sewer system connects to a city or municipality sewer system. This classification of work is performed by a licensed plumber or utility contractor, and local ordinances must be checked to confirm the correct license.
- Water Service License: This license is used to install or repair service lines and appurtenances from the main up to and including downstream valves. When a water main bursts or breaks and impacts the city water line system, a water service license is required to make repairs.
Research first, then hire.
Hiring a company with proper licensing helps reduce costs in the long run and reduces the time of displacement and discomfort for tenants as the job will be completed the first time properly. Spending more time researching and confirming proper licensing is always worth the effort. To ensure the company hired is licensed and can pull the proper permits for your job, call the city first to verify their licensing status.
If you have a water crisis that requires remediation, repair and installation services, RK Service is fully licensed and ready to work on any job, big or small. For information on RK Service and our emergency 24/7 response time, visit rkservice.com.
As a project engineer in the construction industry, you are responsible for coordinating with various teams to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. You may also be involved in designing, planning and implementing various aspects of construction projects.
If you are looking to progress in your career and become a project manager, there are several steps you can take to increase your chances of success.
5 Steps to Become Project Manager
- Gain experience: One of the most important things you can do to progress in your career is gaining as much experience as possible. Working on various projects, taking on additional responsibilities, and seeking opportunities to learn and grow can help achieve this goal.
- Build your skills: As a project manager, you will need to have a wide range of skills, including leadership, communication, problem-solving and decision-making. Focus on developing these skills through on-the-job experience and additional training and education.
- Network: Make an effort to network with other professionals in the field, including project managers, engineers and other key players in the construction industry.
- Earn a relevant degree or certification: While experience and skills are important, many employers look for candidates with a formal education in a related field. Consider earning a degree in construction management or a related field or obtaining a certification, such as a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
- Demonstrate your ability to lead: As a project manager, you will lead a team of engineers and other professionals. Show that you can lead by taking on leadership roles within your current organization or volunteer for leadership positions in industry organizations or community groups.
Following these steps can help increase your chances of progressing your career from a project engineer to a project manager. With hard work, dedication, and a focus on building your skills and experience, you can take your career to the next level.
Career Development Opportunities
At RK, we understand the importance of professional development and career progression for our project engineers. That’s why we offer mentorship where experienced project managers can guide and support our engineers’ career growth.
From on-the-job experience to additional training and education opportunities, our project engineers acquire the skills and experience necessary to progress in their careers. We also encourage networking and provide opportunities for our project engineers to connect with other industry professionals and take on leadership roles within our organization.
If you’re a project engineer looking to take the next step in your career, RK is here to support you every step of the way!
Construction companies can hardly get enough workers to fill vacant positions that continue to arise as the economy expands. This article will help you understand the positions that are in the highest demand and why there is a general rise in demand for construction workers. Read on to discover how you can take advantage of the rising demand for construction workers.
Why Construction Workers Are in High Demand Right Now?
There is a general rise in the demand for construction workers across the country. Unlike other areas where the number of applicants exceeds the slots advertised, construction companies are struggling to fill their vacancies. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., there was an increase in construction employment in 31 states in July and August. However, even with the increase in the number of workers seeking employment, construction companies did not get enough workforce. Faced with this reality, the construction industry has sought to understand where most employers are unable to get enough workers. Here are some factors that are fueling the high demand for construction workers:
Federal Infrastructure Funding
In November 2021, Congress approved $1 trillion worth of Infrastructure Investment and the Jobs Act. This approval paved the way for the expansion and upgrading of major infrastructures in the country. The funding meant that thousands of road, railroad, bridges, airports, power lines, and sewer projects were up for grabs by construction companies. As the construction season began, companies that had won the construction bids began to search for qualified persons to fill the numerous job opportunities. However, the number of workers available to fill these positions is way below the demand.
An Aging Workforce
About a fifth of construction workers in managerial positions are due for retirement. However, there are hardly enough young workers to replace the aging workforce. The challenges in the construction industry began during the 2008 recession when thousands of workers left the industry and never came back after the stabilization of the industry.
Inadequate Investment in Training
Few construction companies have invested in the training of their workforce. As a result, the construction industry has become less appealing to young professionals who want to grow their careers in the industry. Further, industry players have also failed to offer internships and career guidance to students preparing to select their future careers.
A Construction Boom
The pandemic brought many challenges to most industries. However, it had a silver lining for the construction industry. With most people spending time at their homes due to movement restrictions and lockdowns, they discovered areas that need improvement. As the country opened up, home makeovers and repair jobs were advertised amidst a growing shortage of construction workers.
Construction Jobs Can Be Fruitful
Working in the construction industry can be more fulfilling and fruitful than other jobs. Here are some reasons why you should consider working in the construction industry:
- Construction jobs provide what most people yearn for when they seek employment. The demand for workers makes it easier for you to demand better working conditions and benefits.
- There are numerous growth opportunities in the industry. You can join the industry at entry levels and move up the career ladder with time.
- You have an opportunity to make people appreciate your skills. Constructing facilities, such as schools and hospitals makes you proud of taking part in building the nation.
- The construction industry fosters collaboration meaning team members have coworkers they can count on when needed.
Construction Jobs That are in High Demand
Learning the construction jobs that are in high demand can help you position yourself for future employment if you are a student. If you have already acquired the required skills, you will also learn whether your area of practice is in high demand. Here are some positions that are highly demanded by employers:
Skilled Trades Roles
Roles in the trades are in high demand. Employers can hardly find enough plumbing and sheet metal installers. If you possess the necessary craftsman skills, it will not be difficult to secure a job in this area. You can also train and get employed after qualification. The good thing is that you can start as a construction laborer or help and start earning between $16 – $18 an hour..
Construction companies are also finding it hard to fill their managerial positions. With an aging workforce, young professionals willing to take managerial positions in the construction industry have never had a greater opportunity. Luckily, the workers can move up the ladder and reach their dream position with time. However, aspiring managers must get the required academic qualifications.
While the craftsmen and managerial roles have the highest demand, you will not struggle to get employment regardless of your area of expertise. Whether you are an electrician, equipment operator, accountant, or project manager, there are thousands of jobs being advertised daily.
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While jobs in the construction industry are in high demand, you may still encounter challenges matching your skills with the right employer. At RK Industries, we can help you match your skills with employers. We help you understand what employers are looking for and what to look for in a good employer. Contact us today to learn more about construction jobs that are in high demand and how to make your skills attractive to employers.
Water issues are a nightmare for property managers, commercial and apartment building owners, and business owners. Whether a fire or potable water line bursts at 2 AM, sanitary lines back up, causing flooding or tenants report foul smells from a broken sanitary line, water and sewer issues are never fun.
Property managers and building owners often do not know what is happening underground and their first call is to Denver Water or a fire protection company. Though the water company may be able to diagnose the problem, they typically call in the experts to manage the excavation work – your friends at RK Service!
When should I call an excavation service?
Sensors are often triggered when there are issues in the water and fire pipes in your building’s systems. However, those sensors may not accurately indicate what is happening underground. It is a good idea to contact the water utility company or the fire protection company first to shut down the mains and ensure the protection of the surrounding environment. Next, find an excavation and plumbing service provider to resolve the issue.
How do I choose an excavation and plumbing service provider?
The number one thing to consider when choosing an excavation and plumbing service provider is proper licensing, processes and protocols. Denver is the most difficult city in Colorado to get licensed in plumbing and excavation services. Service providers must have all the appropriate licenses to correct the damage.
In addition, watch out for excavating companies that don’t pull the appropriate permits. Excavating without the correct permits and licenses is illegal and may result in a drawn-out resolution for the issue. Further, your business will be at risk of a lien if you do not choose an excavation company that is licensed, insured and has taken the time to pull the correct permits.
What to consider when calling for emergency plumbing services.
With dozens of excavation companies in Denver, you need to know how to choose the best one for your project that can complete all aspects of the work. In addition to appropriate licensing, property owners should look for the following:
- Experience – You want an excavation contractor with years of experience, successful projects and references you can contact.
- Insurance – A Denver excavation company must be insured and understand the responsibility for their work and others on the job site.
- Pricing – Find a competitively priced company that will deliver the quality you need when you need the job done. Choosing the lowest price isn’t always the best option. A successful project, free of issues, is always better than discovering problems caused by the lowest-priced contractor available.
- Responsiveness – As a building owner, you want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible for the comfort and safety of your tenants. Find a service provider that offers 24/7 service and a quick response time. The gold standard response time is within a two-hour window, so if the service provider says they’ll send someone out “tomorrow,” call another provider.
Pipes are fixed. Now what?
Make sure your excavation company cleans up after their work. Did you know the property or building owner is fully responsible for the quality of the excavation provided? For example, when streets are not correctly patched after excavating, the city will often redo the streets and bill the property owner directly. The invoices are typically a more considerable dollar amount than what an expert excavation company would charge.
It is important to choose an excavation and plumbing service that will fix the problem and restore the property to its original condition. You should expect a superior customer service experience from your provider and have your property looking as good as new, or better, once the work is complete.
Choose RK Service as your trusted partner.
If you have a water crisis that requires excavation and plumbing services, RK Service has the knowledge, licensing and expertise to start digging under emergency circumstances. The team can help you navigate the process with our excellent customer support.
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Construction has always been an essential force behind a growing economy and is vital to a city’s growth and infrastructure. Labor shortages, however, have impacted the industry with many trade-skilled men and women retiring. To combat the issue, construction companies, community colleges, and high school career and technical education programs are partnering to introduce career options in construction and other skilled trade careers to a new generation.
Apprenticeships provide an opportunity for construction companies to train and develop their workforce. Apprentices can learn a trade while working under the supervision of a journeyman-level expert, receiving real-world and hands-on developmental opportunities.
Importance of Apprenticeship Programs
With the future of the workforce ever-changing, companies and local governments are looking to apprenticeship programs to provide participants with the opportunity to learn trade skills while continuing to make a paycheck. Apprenticeship programs have long been used in the construction industry, but as the needs of the workforce change, apprenticeship programs are evolving to meet the needs of a variety of industries.
For young people looking for an alternative to traditional college, apprenticeship programs offer the opportunity to learn valuable job skills while earning a living. With the cost of college continuing to rise, apprenticeship programs provide an attractive debt-free option for many students. For those already in the workforce, apprenticeship programs offer a way to learn new skills and advance their career. As companies and governments evaluate the future of the workforce, apprenticeship programs will play an increasingly important role in providing workers with the skills they need to succeed.
Building the Future Workforce in Construction
Apprenticeship programs in the construction industry are seeing an increase in popularity, as more companies and local governments partner with schools and organizations to raise awareness about careers in construction and the trades. High schools, colleges, and trade schools are providing students with alternative pathways outside of the four-year college degree, and apprenticeship programs are seen as a way to provide career stability and growth.
Construction is a high-turnover industry, so outreach and retention methods are crucial to keeping workers employed. By providing education around career stability, students can feel confident going into a field that will provide them with the skills and training needed to get the job done and improve their finances for themselves and their families. Apprenticeship programs provide on-the-job training that can give workers the skills they need to be successful in their careers, and companies that offer these programs often have higher retention rates than those that do not.
Workforce Development at RK
RK has a long history of supporting workforce development in the communities it works in. Partnerships with trade schools and most recently, MSU Denver, have opened doors for students to earn a degree in construction management while also learning the hands-on skills necessary to succeed in the industry. Giving people an opportunity to further their careers without going into high debt is something that RK values. Its dedication to workforce development and its apprenticeship program has proven successful, with individuals graduating and pursuing opportunities within RK, further improving the state of the industry.
Grants for the Construction Industry
RK and its 501 (c)(3) organization, RK Foundation, support community organizations, providing grants to help bridge gaps in trade education. Donations to institutions like MSU Denver and The Master’s Apprentice help improve educational programming in construction, making it an attractive and viable career. It also helps fulfill the demand for workers in the skilled trades.
Visit the Department of Labor’s website to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in construction and other industries. You can also find information about RK’s commitment to workforce development at rkindustries.com/careers/apprenticeship-program/.
Written by Ileana Morales
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Every year, suicide rates in the United States climb higher and higher. On average, there are 133 suicides per day and according to a study by the CDC, over 47,000 people in the United States died by suicide each year.
If we drill down specifically to the construction industry, the problem is even more pronounced. A recent study in January 2020 found that the rate of suicides in construction is the second highest in the country, at approximately 5,500 suicides each year. For every 100,000 construction workers, over 45 will end up committing suicide. This is compared to the national average of over 14, which means that a person working in construction is 3.5 times more likely to take their own life. In fact, construction workers are more likely to die by suicide than from any other cause of death except accidents on the job.
So why are suicides so prevalent in the construction industry? And what can companies do to provide a safe environment for their employees? Let’s take a closer look at mental health awareness in the construction industry and some of the factors that contribute to the high suicide rate.
Factors that contribute to the high suicide rate in the construction industry
Construction work can be incredibly demanding, both mentally and physically. Long hours, tight deadlines, and exposure to dangerous working conditions can all take a toll on a person’s mental health. What’s more, construction workers are often reluctant to seek help for fear of being seen as weak or unable to handle the job. As a result, mental health issues often go unaddressed until they reach a crisis point.
There are several other factors that contribute to the high suicide rate in the construction industry. For instance, employees who are dissatisfied with their jobs are more likely to experience negative mental health outcomes. Because of the nature of the work, many construction workers feel like they don’t have much control over their lives or their working conditions. This lack of control can lead to feelings of helplessness and despair.
In addition to these workplace-related factors, some personal factors can contribute to an increased risk of suicide. For example, alcohol abuse is common among construction workers and has been linked to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Other risk factors include a history of depression or other mental illness, physical illness, financial stressors, relationship problems and a family history of mental illness or suicide.
Steps to manage and prevent suicide in the workplace
While the reasons for suicide can be complex, there are steps that companies can take to help manage and prevent suicide in the workplace. First, companies need to learn about the warning signs of suicide. These can include changes in mood, withdrawal from social activities, talking about wanting to die and giving away personal belongings. If an employee shows any of these signs, it’s important to create an open and safe environment where they feel comfortable discussing their problems, while also encouraging them to seek professional help.
It’s also important to provide easy access to resources for employees and to create safety guides for dealing with mental health, including actions to take if someone appears to be in danger of harming themselves. By taking these steps, companies can create a culture of safety and support that can help reduce the incidence of suicide in the construction industry.
Creating a safe work environment
Companies can create a safe environment for employees by promoting open communication about mental health struggles, providing access to resources and professional help when needed, and encouraging employees to lean on each other for support without shame or judgment. By raising awareness and taking measures to prevent suicides, we can save lives in the construction industry.
Investing in employee mental health
RK values its employees and understands the importance of creating a work environment that is safe, physically and mentally. Safety is the number one core value at RK and mental health awareness is a big part of the culture whether you are on a jobsite or in the office. We encourage employees to check in with their teammates to let them know you care about their well-being and provide training to help them better understand when to seek help for themselves or their teammates.
Mental health and suicide prevention resources
For information on our Employee Assistance Program, you can call 1.800.327.1850 or visit guidanceresources.com. This is available 24/7 for confidential support.
Text “Hello” to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
988 OR 1.800.273.8255 (English)
1.800.273.8255 (Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
Written by Ileana Morales