A construction laborer works with their hands in a variety of construction work. Some of their tasks include digging holes, ditches, and trenches; mixing concrete; painting and plastering; and installing drywall. They help to build and maintain buildings and infrastructure such as roads and highways. They also set up and clean up work sites. Construction laborers work in a variety of settings. Some work outdoors, while others work indoors, at great heights, or underground. Construction workers typically work a standard 40-hour week, although may also experience production halts due to dangerous weather.
It is vital that construction laborers follow safety procedures. Many construction sites include dangerous equipment and terrain, and sites may pose a potential hazard not only for construction laborers, but pedestrians around the work site as well. Construction sites must be kept clean and free of unwanted materials to reduce the potential for injuries. Construction laborers working on the ground near heavy machinery must also be sure that the machinery operators have visual contact with them at all times.
A construction laborer's needed training depends on their job's complexity. Most receive on-the-job training, while others must go through apprenticeship programs; an apprenticeship can take anywhere from two to four years to complete. Apprenticeships provide paid training, as well as 400 hours inside a classroom learning basic construction knowledge such as blueprint reading, tools and equipment, and safety procedures.
Construction Laborer Tasks
- Load and unload equipment, clear work areas, and bring materials to workers with specific skills.
- May operate hand and power tools of all types.
- Perform tasks involving physical labor at many different types of construction projects.