I have often experienced moments in my life where I would like to generously hand out “here’s your sign” cards. For instance, that moment when your AC is broken on a 110° day and your roommate asks if you’re hot; the time you were sitting in the physician’s waiting room and someone asks you if you’re sick; the person blocking the entire grocery aisle with their cart, asking if they’re in your way – those kinds of moments.
As with any type of employment field, the intricacies of the construction field aren’t always noted and understood. So we’ve done our best to compile a list of things that you should refrain from asking or mentioning to construction workers…because chances are, it’s already been done.
Question: Will grass really grow there?
Answer: With an arsenal of grass seed, lime and fertilizer, yes, grass will pretty much grow anywhere.
Statement: Flagging traffic has to be the easiest job ever.
Response: If you consider the continual adrenaline high you’re on from entrusting your life to the people behind the wheel, then yes it’s really easy, the time spent becoming certified is a walk in the park too.
Question: Aren’t hard hats uncomfortable?
Answer: Yes. However, a 300lb. steel beam falling on my bare head would be pretty uncomfortable too.
Statement: I wish I could be outside all day too.
Response: Usually it is nice. However, throw in temperature extremes, rain, snow, sleet, hail, dust, heavy lifting, sunburn, & windburn and suddenly it doesn’t seem so glamorous.
Question: Do you ever get sick of having a farmers’ tan?
Answer: No – looking like I’m always wearing a t-shirt is a fashion advantage. Of course farmers’ tans aren’t ideal but it is better than the alternative.
I’m sure that we are only scratching the surface with these five items. Know of any others? Share them with us!