There’s no doubt that construction workers do not get enough recognition for the hard work they put into building our nation's structures. At the end of each project, the workers are typically on to the next jobsite while executives and politicians are cutting the ribbon on their new facility.
As we know, there are plenty of construction workers out there that deserve extra recognition for the great things they do on and off the job. That’s why Procore is running their 2nd annual Hard Hat Hero Competition. The company also hopes that the contest will raise awareness for the construction industry’s skills gap.
Per Procore’s website, a “Hard Hat Hero is a construction professional who serves their community, creates jobs for people, creates a workplace where everyone goes home safe at the end of the day, or someone who simply goes the extra mile. A Hard Hat Hero is a member of your family, a friend, a neighbor, a community member, or it's you—you don't have to wait for someone else to nominate you.”
Last year’s Hard Hat Hero was Gary Fogarty, a Project Manager from North Carolina, who was nominated by his wife. She said he typically works 13 hour shifts and leads his team by working alongside them, “instead of simply instructing them.” In true selfless fashion, Gary invited the 2nd and 3rd place finishers to join him on the trip he won.
Nomination forms and the voting booth will be open until September 4, 2018, but the earlier you nominate someone, the better, as the person with the most votes will win the contest. The contest’s current leader has amassed 164 votes as of Thursday evening.
This year’s prize will be a big hit for any NASCAR fan, as the 2018 Hard Hat Hero will win a trip for 2 to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500. The winner will also get to stand in the pit, have their name printed on the #95 Procore car, and attend a meet and greet with the car’s driver, Kasey Kahne.
You can find the nomination form and voting booth at https://www.procore.com/hardhathero