“Each year, an estimated two million women
and men die as a result of occupational accidents and work-related diseases. Across the globe, there are some 270 million occupational accidents and 160 million work-related diseases each year.” https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_067574.pdf
When sitting inside your home, have these question ever come to mind.
Who built this, was it easy, was it dangerous, was someone hurt, did someone die?
Probably not, because unfortunately, people in the trades are often not recognized as anything more then some dirty blue collar folk.
However, here’s the reality, the person who built your house is someone’s son/daughter, someone’s mom/dad or even someone’s grandparent.
Chances are, it wasn’t easy, building a house involves lots a thought, concentration and extremely hard work. It might of been built in the middle of a snow or rain storm or even during a heat wave.
Reality is, everyday that a tradesperson goes to work, they are putting their life in danger to build YOUR futur home, to put a roof over YOUR head and to make sure that there will be enough housing for the generations to come.
It is heartbreaking to think that no one acknowledges the ones who’ve fallen from the second floor while installing a roof. No one acknowledges the ones who’ve lost limbs using dangerous tools while building their luxurious home. Broken bones, severe cuts, lost of hearing and/or sight – career ending injuries.
All for that when you move in, you will never even know about it.
So please, tonight when you rest in your bed, take a moment to think about and be grateful for those who built those walls surrounding you.
When you see people building yours or someone’s futur home, road or business, show them some respect and maybe even thank them.
Because everyday, they are taking a chance of not being able to go back their home.
My sympathies go out to all the families who’ve lost a loved one to the trades.