The “glamour” of the construction trades is the Iron Worker, particularly the Structural Iron Worker. Clambering around narrow girders at dizzy heights, Iron Workers have the most dangerous jobs in the building trades, requiring great courage and skill. Related to them in skill are the Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Rodmen”).
Iron Workers work both indoors and outdoors, erecting and installing steel and iron parts in all kinds of large buildings, bridges and dams.
While structural iron, ornamental iron and reinforcing iron are three facets of the trade, a large number of workers in them often work at all three. The apprentice-training system is the same for all three.
Iron as a building material dates from about 1880, when it first began to be used in skyscraper construction. Today, iron and steel are essential parts of even small homes, and our huge production of industrial, commercial and residential buildings would be impossible without iron and steel girders, beams, trusses and other products.