Tips for New Construction Workers

At Building Skills NY, we are dedicated to ensuring every worker is equipped with both the technical and logistical skills necessary to be successful and safe on a job site. This is the foundational knowledge you need to enter and advance in the industry. Outside of construction tactics and safety protocols, there are a few additional tips that are helpful to know in order to prepared for before stepping on to the job site as a brand-new construction worker.

If you’re just starting out – or perhaps returning to the industry after a break of a few months or even a few years – here are a handful of things to keep in mind before your first day of work:

Come prepared

We all know that you need the proper attire and gear, which means you’ve dressed according to the weather and have remembered your personal protective equipment. But equally important is that you’re well fueled and hydrated, which means you need a water bottle, perhaps a packed lunch and also a few snacks at the ready. When you first arrive at a site, you may not know the closest or best place to find food during your allotted breaks. Packing a lunch takes the guesswork and stress out of where you’re going to get a meal. A personal water bottle means you can easily hydrate while performing physical labor.

Get a good night’s sleep

Construction jobsites usually require an early morning start. Show up late, and you’re likely to be reprimanded, penalized, or even sent home. A few days before your official first day, consider setting your alarm early to get used to your new routine. Being groggy or exhausted on a job site puts both you and your co-workers at risk. A well-rested alert worker is a safe, effective, and efficient worker.

Collaboration is key

Our training programs prepare you to work collaboratively your colleagues, and you’ll be putting those skills into practice the moment you step onto your new jobsite. You may experience an adjustment period while learning to communicate effectively – this is normal. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and respectfully and appropriately address any concerns to those around you. This will enable you to build rapport with co-workers and supervisors alike and also learn more quickly.