Worst industry ever

Construction. No, really, it is the worst and it's due to the people. Safety is a joke. They give you orientation but many "safety officers" just read through the items like reading a grocery list. Thanks buddy, I can read already, what are you good for besides being a figurehead? Worse is when something bad happens. Unsafe conditions? Turn a blind eye. The project is more important than whether someone gets hurt. I had one safety guy glued to his chair and vaguely indicate where bandages were, and this is no fly by night company either. Harassment? Ignored. In fact, how dare you complain. Guess who gets sent away or worse, fired? Not the monster who makes his coworkers pay for his shitty existence. Forget Worksafe, this is underfunded and filled with helpless inspectors who know they can't do a thing to make a real difference. They push you to mediation instead of holding companies accountable. Truth be told, mediators just want to get home within the first hour they meet with you so they push for garbage. Either way, once you go that route you may as well change careers because now you're poison. It's a rotten industry with horrible people getting away with the kind of crap that would stun you and nobody from the top down cares. Young people aren't changing it either, they're carrying the same stunted torch of bad behavior and poor attitude that makes it your worst nightmare. I dread the weak-willed temperamental selfish bosses, the pissy workers, the everything in between. I'm ditching this nightmare with huge regret that I ever chose it to begin with. It's filled with ex-cons, bullies, cheats and liars. Think about that next time you pass by a construction site. It's a personality crisis made of steel and stone, retched and corrupt.


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Nah bud

Feb 5, 2020 at 8:38pm

You think safety is a joke here? Talk to anybody whos worked construction in iran, china, etc.

Sounds to me, like youre used to some cream puff bubble world, where everybody jumps at the crack of the whip to cater to you, and construction was your first introduction to the real world.

Good luck with your future endeavors

Good writing

Feb 5, 2020 at 9:46pm

You express yourself well and I like your perspective as seen from the inside. I hope you find a better industry for your talents.


Feb 5, 2020 at 10:11pm

Worksafe is over funded by 150%. They have $6.4 billion in assets,yet when I got hurt 18 months ago they did everything they could to save a buck.They literally complained that I spent $20 one month for pain killers. Not my fault, yet they jacked my employer's rate up by 15% and made him pay most of my rehab.

But anyways, it's the benefit of "the patriarchy" that we get to break our bodies in the hot sun, rain ,and freezing cold. All the while being told that we get paid 25% more for "doing the same job"


Feb 5, 2020 at 10:53pm

It’s too bad that so many male-dominated industries like construction have this terrible attitude towards worker safety. I agree that it’s a joke. They give lip service only, and the people who dare to speak up are treated like they’re some kind of whining baby. This also happens in the movie Industry as well. Terrible conditions for the workers, toxic chemicals, unsafe hazards everywhere , and just like construction, the workers are treated as disposable. More people (particularly men!) need to speak up or this is never going to change.


Feb 6, 2020 at 1:09am

At least you're paid an honest wage. Try working in a kitchen. The meathead line cooks, watching the 40-year-old sociopath sous-chef waging a hate campaign against a 20-year-old waitress, the insane pace of work, all this to endure for $18.00 an hour in the vastly overpriced city like Vancouver.

Construction worker.

Feb 6, 2020 at 2:44am

I do it for the money. I hate it too. Not everyone in the industry is a douche bag but I can say that the worst people I have ever met were on site.

It is..

Feb 6, 2020 at 3:47am

... Almost as bad as journalusm.

Sounds like

Feb 6, 2020 at 6:47am

You’re. Yuppie.

Safest time in history buddy.... everyone else should have been complaining... not you.

I work for a

Feb 6, 2020 at 7:00am

Civil Engineering Firm. From my angle I quite like the industry. Can't say I was the biggest fan when I was the one in the trenches but it is one the higest paying jobs you can get with no univiersity or college education. Heck, it even pays more than many starting college / uni roles. It pays better than retail / restuarants etc. So it attracts a certain demographic that can work hard yes are not the most educated people. Where else you going to work for that money?


Feb 6, 2020 at 11:35am

I took Level 3 OHS with fellow members of the general public. I got paired with a person who worked for a GIANT local construction firm...I couldn't believe the stories he told me. Addiction and its many forms are known to be rampant in the industry. People coming to work still impaired. It's fucking scary.

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