Construction Workers, U.S.A

Construction Workers, U.S.A

Construction Workers, U.S.A

Construction Workers, U.S.A

Synopsis

A lively, personalized account incorporating objective analysis and solid information accumulated over 42 years, this book presents a graphic picture of the construction industry from an insider's point of view. The volume focuses on the culture of construction workers, the management style of contractors, and the structural and organizational nature of the industry. It considers such unique features of construction as its craft-oriented technology, decentralized decision-making by workers on the job site, and non-bureaucratic methods of field supervision. Using the research of others, government publications, and his own intimate experience in the industry, the author provides an insightful view of a unique industry in modern America.

Excerpt

This book is dedicated to the U.S. construction industry, where I have spent 42 years of my working life and where I continue to work as of today. the content of this book is based on my work experiences in this industry and traces a time line of changes from 1956 to 1998. This volume also contains material taken from the writings of other men and women who have worked in construction and written about their experiences. in addition, findings of social scientists who have researched the construction industry and its workers are examined and utilized for insights and analysis to supplement my own findings and viewpoint.

My credentials as a full participant in the industry include the following jobs and positions--laborer, mason, estimator, engineer, project manager, contracts administrator, construction consultant, construction manager, vice president, and president of my own construction company. in my present job I am the director of commercial construction for Hartz Mountain Industries. I have worked in many areas of the United States including New York, Chicago, Michigan, Louisville, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.

I have been involved in a diverse range of projects including housing, office buildings, dams, bridges, roads, shopping centers, power plants, hotels, convention centers, sewage treatment plants, newspaper plants, hospitals, factories, car agencies, banks, police and fire stations, warehouses, television and radio stations, and many renovations of existing offices, factories, housing, and warehouses. I have participated in a number of unique projects, such as shutting off the U.S. side of Niagara Falls, capping the Love Canal and building a leachate removal plant to carry off the contaminants, and building airstrips for Marine fighter planes with the Seabees on Okinawa during World War ii.

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