Last week, it was an ordinary week at CLC-Training. No drama! Just me working crazy hours and making sure to fit every requested training and meetings in my already busy agenda. Of course, I am working only from home these days, performing online training (because of Covid, we are still in lockdown in Ontario, and I can’t travel for work). Therefore, I was thinking a lot about how I miss going to construction sites and meet the participants face-to-face. At this point, who doesn’t miss the human interaction we took for granted months ago!
That is exactly what I was thinking about while waiting for my tea to get ready. Suddenly, I heard an enormous, unusual (never heard) sound! I live in a condo building, and I thought someone was sliding into the ventilation duct (OK. Maybe I am watching too many spy movies)!! Anyhow, I was heading into my living room to check what happened. That is when I looked at the windows and noticed all the construction workers running around everywhere like crazy. Right there I knew. Something bad happened.
Many months ago, they started this new construction site for a Condo building across the street. I’ve been watching the progress every day. I’ve witnessed the long hours the workers do and how hard they are working every day. I sometimes witnessed situations where I thought, “what are they doing. They are going to hurt themselves!” But they seem to know what they are doing, and manage to go with their day in one piece.
Because I often go on a construction site for training, I already witnessed the hard work done on a construction project. Besides, I also know (and follow) a lot of Health & Safety rules. For example, even just for a SmartUse or a Procore training, I usually can’t go to a trailer site without wearing my boots. Also, I need to have my hard hat, vest and glasses with me. Sometimes the trailer is further away or I need to walk around the site, therefore, I need to have the required equipment at all time.
Thus, it’s not just because I go only to a trailer site that I’m exempt from the Health & Safety rules. I have to admit that I often thought it was overkill for me to dress up like that just to go inside a trailer site! After all, I am not the one performing the hard work. I am just going there to train teams on a collaborative construction software.
But that day, when I’ve noticed that an entire floor of the building across the street collapsed (the unknown sound), I hoped for the best! I am not sure if it ends up with any casualties. But I felt grateful for all the Health & Safety rules the workers need to follow on site. On a construction site, you never know what could happen. You always need to be aware of your surroundings and to follow the safety rules to avoid the worse.
Today, I am taking a moment to think about all the construction workers everywhere. I am sending them positive thoughts and love. We should all be grateful for their work. I often hear a lot of judgments about construction workers. But let me tell you that what people think a construction worker does is far away from the truth.
To all the construction workers, I am thanking you. And please, follow the H&S rules, be alert on site to go back home safe tonight!