Paving laborers perform manual labor in order to fill potholes and pave, resurface, and repair the asphalt in roads and alleys. These areas must be cleaned and prepared prior to paving, and it's also necessary to use picks, shovels, and other tools to remove old asphalt and other debris. Power tools such as grinder equipment and jackhammers may be used to break apart old pavement, as well.
Paving laborers rake and smooth asphalt, and safety rules and precautions must be followed at all times in this position. Some laborers may use a flag to control traffic at the work-site, and safety cones and barricades must also be placed prior to work. They must wear personal protective gear at all times, as hot pavement is shoveled out from a truck and spread onto the pavement and then leveled to ensure it is even. After pavement is installed, they must ensure that the end results are satisfactory by raking, smoothing, and removing excess material.
Because these laborers work primarily outdoors, they must be able to withstand harsh weather conditions such as extreme heat and direct sunlight, as well as lift heavy items, bend and stoop, and stand for long periods of time. Loud noises, fumes, and dust may be common in this position, and a valid driver's license may also be required. This is often an entry-level position for which training is provided, though some employers do require prior experience in a similar position.
Paving Laborer Tasks
Dig, spread, and level construction materials as directed.
Place, move, and dismantle signs, barricades, or cones.
Lift, carry, and clean tools and equipment.
Operate a truck to and from job sites, and clean and paint streets and curbs on an annual basis.