Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Video: Ironworkers Build Philadelphia Skyscraper


These men travel to high places.

Ironworkers, which often lay the foundations for most of the buildings that we know and use on a daily basis, are often unthanked for their position. But videos like this will help you to have far more respect for a career option that allows for most of the infrastructure that we rely on a daily basis.

Ironworkers create scaffolding, and the support for many buildings. As a result, they can often be seen hundreds or even thousands of feet into the air. Walking along steel beams, and doing otherwise dangerous tasks. Simply looking at the skyline makes me want to hold my breath, hoping that I do not fall down myself.

If you are afraid of heights, this is not a job for you. So I have to give kudos and mad respect for people who are able to climb up so high and get all of this heavy work done without the fear of falling.

This video shows what the daily life is like for someone who does this kind of job. Climbing up so high, and working to get the scaffolding into place. Many of them sit on the railings, some even sitting on a role with no surrounding rails to grab onto if case they fall down. So it is definitely a job that most people would not be able to do.

So next time you are in a building, especially a skyscraper or some other kind of tall building, be grateful to the people who risked their lives in order to make that building a reality. You will have a lot more appreciation for the hard work that goes into these buildings if you do.

And also, the next time you see a construction worker, maybe do something good for them so that they feel appreciated. They deserve it.

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