Labourer Job Description

Construction Labourers And Helpers Perform Many Basic Tasks That Require Physical Labour On Construction Sites.

Construction Labourers And Helpers Work On Almost All Construction Sites, Performing A Wide Range Of Tasks From The Very Easy To The Extremely Difficult And Hazardous. Although Many Of The Tasks They Do Require Some Training And Experience, Most Tasks Usually Require Little Skill And Can Be Learned Quickly. 

Construction Labourers Perform A Variety Of Construction-related Activities During All Phases Of Construction. However, The Main Task Labourers Perform Is Preparing And Cleaning Up Construction Sites. Although Most Labourers Are Generalists—such As Those Who Install Barricades, Cones, And Markers To Control Traffic Patterns—many Others Specialize. For Example, Those Who Operate The Machines And Equipment That Lay Concrete Or Asphalt On Roads Are More Likely To Specialize In Those Areas.

Most Construction Labourers Work In The Following Areas:

  • Digging Tunnels And Mine Shafts
  • Building Highways And Roads
  • Tearing Down Buildings
  • Removing Hazardous Materials
  • Building Homes And Businesses

Construction Labourers Use A Variety Of Tools And Equipment. Some Tools Are Simple, Such As Brooms And Shovels; Other Equipment Is More Sophisticated, Such As Pavement Breakers, Jackhammers, Earth Tampers, And Surveying Equipment.

With Special Training, Labourers May Help Transport And Use Explosives Or Run Hydraulic Boring Machines To Dig Out Tunnels. They May Learn To Use Laser Beam Equipment To Place Pipes And Use Computers To Control Robotic Pipe Cutters. They May Become Certified To Remove Asbestos, Lead, Or Chemicals.

Labourer Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Help craft workers with their duties
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers

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