Laborers are involved with most
phases of the construction industry. They work with scaffolding,
soil compaction, transit and level, trenching & shoring, traffic control,
air tool operation and many other assigned tasks. Their physical
skills and common sense are extremely valuable to the contractor in running
a smooth building operation. Construction craft laborers receive
on-the-job training and classroom courses from experienced instructors
in construction language, care and safe use of tools of the trade, O.S.H.A.
and First Aid/CPR.
Laborers will become skilled through
training and certification for asbestos and hazardous waste removal operations
and lead abatement, in addition to working in such jobs as asphalt rakers,
concrete placement, mason tenders, demolition, cutting torch operators,
line and grade, pipelaying, blue print reading, and confined space procedures.
Laborers who become experienced in
the various classes of semi-skilled and skilled work and have the qualifications
of reliability and leadership, can advance to be a laborer foreman, general
foreman and site superintendent
Most of the work is performed outdoors.
The work is frequently in high places, so the Laborer must not be afraid
of heights. The work is physically demanding. The Laborer should
be in reasonably good health.