British Construction Workers are Top Profession for Hitting the Gym
Working out regularly could help with business success, as a high percentage of company bosses spend much of their time in the gym
There are many clichés about the construction industry and its workers that do not hold up to close examination, however the macho image associated with the building site at least is founded in some degree of truth, according to a new survey.
Over 2,000 people, who work out regularly, contributed to research conducted by sports nutrition company, www.BodybuildingWarehouse.co.uk, and the results found that builders and construction workers are the profession most likely to be hitting the gym.
Builders represent 10 percent of all professions in gyms across the UK, putting other stereotypically ‘tough’ professions, such as fire fighters (0.4 percent) and the police (0.3 percent), to shame.
The study also revealed surprising findings about people working in perceived ‘geeky’ professions, who in building more than just their brainpower. IT workers appear in the top ten workout professions, ahead of the heroes in our emergency services and, even more surprisingly, just one place behind people in the armed forces.
Working out can also be a sign of business success, with top company bosses also making up a large percentage of gym goers: nine percent of the people surveyed.
Managing Director of www.BodybuildingWarehouse.co.uk, Kieran Fisher, said: “Building is a career where strength and stamina are important assets, so it’s perhaps not surprising that people working in construction are motivated to take care of their bodies, increasing their fitness and ability to do their job effectively.
“However, we can also see a large number of desk-bound jobs in our top ten, indicating how working out is a great way to compensate for a more sedentary job, helping to reduce work stress as well as physical health.”
Top Ten Workout Professions:
- Construction / Building
- Company bosses / self employed
- Financial services
- Armed forces
China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.