IRON WORKERS fabricate, erect and
assemble the fabricated and structural steel framework structural metal
products in industrial, commercial or large residential buildings, bridges,
towers and other structures. Iron workers also erect precast concrete structures,
metal stairways, fences, pre-engineered buildings and miscellaneous iron.
Iron workers are categorized according
to four different skills.
Riggers and machine movers
set up and rig hoisting equipment for erecting and dismantling structural
steel frames and for moving heavy construction machinery and equipment.
Ornamental Iron workers assemble
and install grills, canopies, metal stairways, floor gratings, iron ladders,
metal window sashes and doors, decorative iron railings and gates, and
Reinforcing Iron workers set
steel bars in concrete forms to reinforce buildings and bridges.
Architectural Iron workers
assemble and install metal curtain wall, sashes, and decorative metal.
Most of the work is performed outdoors
except in severe weather. The work is frequently in high places, so the
IRON WORKER must not be afraid of heights. The work is physically demanding
and often requires much bending, climbing, and lifting. The IRON WORKER
should be in reasonably good health. IRONWORKERS often work with cranes
and other power equipment, to close tolerances, so they must have an acute
awareness of the conditions around them.
Possible injuries include falls,
burns, cuts and abrasions. The injury rate is higher than for construction
as a whole.Most of the work is done outdoors and is carried on year-round
except in severe weather. There is much sitting, walking, climbing
and balancing. Work is done frequently in high places; nets, safety
belts and scaffolds are used.
Interest and Temperament:
Iron Workers should receive satisfaction
from tangible productive results and be able to work to prescribed close
tolerances and rigid standards. They must not be afraid of heights,
have an acute awareness of danger involved, and assume responsibility for