Brick by Brick, These Construction Workers are Selling their Sweat to build our Dream Home!
We all are surrounded by buildings. Every building has its own style, ownership structure and one is creative than the other one. Some of them are built by mirrors, some by paints and pictures and some have unique tiles work.
We always praise the builders and construction companies for their creative work but no one appreciates the labors behind its creation.
Do we care about them? Ask yourself.
No, we never think about them. Labors are the most important part of every construction. But we never pay attention to them. If a laborer takes leave, we scold them and keep new laborers on their place.
But, do we think the reason behind their absence? Why they haven’t come on the site? Do we ever discuss problems faced by labors?
Construction sites are the riskiest and challenging places to work. With the prospect of injury for anyone, they step onto a site to work and earn money.
Do you know?
In 2012, 487 million workers were employed in India.
Major problems faced by construction workers
There are some major problems we should discuss, which construction workers have to face daily.
- casual nature of employment
- low wages
- uncertain working hours
- unhygienic and unsafe working condition
- lack of stability
- serious injuries
- no holidays
- addition of various habits
- working at height
- moving objects
- vulnerability to occupational diseases
- improper implementation of labor laws
- risk of slips, trips, and falls
Some major problems faced by women labor who work in a construction site are as follows:
- low wages
- family problems
- temporary work
- negligence towards children
- unhygienic habits
- lack of social society
- gender discrimination
- dirty environment
- outside the reach of various law
- health issues
- heavyweight objects
As I said earlier, nowadays every other place is a construction site.
90% of urban construction workers are rural migrants, and over a third of all rural migrants work in construction projects along with their families.
Also, kids of these laborers play there with concrete, wires, pilings and other material of construction all day long. It is very unsafe and unhygienic for them as they can get respiratory diseases by sniffing on to sand so much. Also, they can cut or shock themselves with electric wires.
Due to lack of awareness, they ignore the fundamental needs of childhood, care, nurturing, protection and opportunities to develop.
Women are a major part when it comes to the construction site. There are pregnant ladies who work there to earn money for their survival. They lift heavy objects which can be very dangerous for their unborn baby.
Also, they do not have time to take care of their body, proper nutrition, and medication.
How does it affect their body?
Working at unhygienic atmosphere all day, workers have faced so many problems we can’t even know about them.
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPT)
- lung cancer
- hearing loss
- infertility and miscarriages
- skin infections
Governmental Schemes Launched for Labors in India
The government has made these Acts for the betterment of workers, from which workers will get benefits and can live a better life and easily survive in bad conditions.
These are the following laws in favor of workers are given below:
- The Factories Act, 1948
- The Payment of Wages Act, 1936
- The Industrial Employment Act, 1946
- The Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923
- The Trade Union Act, 1926
- The Minimum Wages Act, 1926
- The Employees State Insurance Act, 1948
- The Employees Provident Funds Family Pension Fund and Deposit-linked Insurance Fund Act, 1952
Recently, the Maharashtra Government launched a scheme for workers ‘Atal Aahar Yojna’ on Thursday in which government provides good quality and hygienic food for workers.
Construction workers are known as unorganized workers because they work on daily wages. So they can easily replace by other employees this is also a major problem for them.
The government has made many efforts for the betterment of workers. Working at unhygienic atmosphere all day, workers have faced so many problems. Working at this atmosphere all day is not easy but, workers give their best to build our dream homes and building.