Beneco Recognizes Construction Appreciation Week

Recognizing Construction Appreciation Week

The construction industry is the backbone of any economy, and yet, it is often overlooked in terms of recognition and appreciation. That is why we celebrate Construction Appreciation Week, to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of the construction industry towards the growth and infrastructure of the country. Not only does it spotlight the hard work and dedication of construction workers, but it also educates those unfamiliar with the industry about the tremendous impact of construction work. Here are just a few things it addresses.

Construction and its economic impact

The construction industry is one of the largest employers in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 10.8 million construction industry jobs in the US as of 2020, making it a vital sector in our economy. Research from the American Public Transportation Association also shows that due to construction’s crucial role in infrastructure development, it found that for every $1 spent on highway construction generates $2.90 in economic activity.

Construction safety

Construction Appreciation Week emphasizes the importance of safety in the construction industry. In 2021, the construction industry had the highest number and rate of fatal work injuries by private industry sector. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the leading causes of fatalities were fall accidents, struck-by-object incidents, electrocutions, and caught-in/between hazards. This week serves as a reminder of the importance of safe working environments that are critical in reducing the number of accidents and injuries many workers face.

Construction appreciation for growing the industry

Recognizing Construction Appreciation Week also does its part in attracting new employees to the workforce. The construction industry faces a skilled labor shortage, and as older workers retire, the need to attract younger workers is becoming apparent. By highlighting the valuable contributions of those in the industry and recognizing their skill and hard work, we can encourage a more youthful audience by promoting construction as a viable career path, helping to fill the labor gap, and ensuring that the industry continues to grow and thrive!

People may not realize that construction work is far more than just physical labor; it is a highly technical and skilled profession. Recognizing Construction Appreciation Week serves as a way to highlight the sector’s contributions and provide people with a broad understanding of its importance.

Thank you to all the workers who contribute to building our country!