10 Construction Facts You Probably Didn't Know
The construction industry is incredible. From massive skyscrapers that pierce the clouds to incredible technology discoveries and inventions, the industry wows every single day. Here are 10 facts about the construction industry that you don't know - but definitely should.
1) The Tallest Crane in the World
The world's tallest crane is the Liebherr type 357 HC-L. It has a max hook height of 53.3 meters or 174.8 feet.
2) The Industry Has a Bright Future
In 2018 the global construction industry spent $11.4 trillion. By 2030 this number is expected to reach $17.5 trillion.
3) A Lot Of Bricks
There are 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.
4) Concrete Jungle
Concrete is the most used material in construction.
5) Money Money Money
By 2030, global spending in construction is expected to reach $17.5 trillion USD.
6) A Global Workforce
More than 180 million people work in construction around the world.
7) Count the Nails
When building an average-size house - about 1,200 square feet - there are about 12,000 nails that are used.
8) World Record Nailing
Willi Maier holds the record for hammering 24 nails, in 1 minute. He broke the record at the Vienna Recordia event on September 26, 2010.
9) It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's a DRONE!
Drone use on construction sites has increased more than 200% in the last 5 years.
10) Women in Construction
As of 2020, women account for 25% of the construction workforce. xy