Job focus of the week – Labourer
A construction labourer is a manual worker who is responsible for various tasks on a construction site. They provide support to skilled tradespeople such as bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. The main duties of a construction labourer include:
Preparing and cleaning the construction site: This involves removing debris, cleaning and preparing the site for work, and setting up temporary structures such as scaffolding.
Lifting and moving materials: The labourer may be required to move heavy materials, tools and equipment around the site.
Digging and trenching: Digging trenches, foundations, and trenches for pipes and cables are a common task for a construction labourer.
Assisting with concrete work: This may involve mixing concrete, pouring concrete, and levelling it.
Erecting and dismantling scaffolding: Scaffolding is used for workers to reach high areas and the labourer is responsible for putting it up and taking it down.
Operating machinery and equipment: The labourer may be required to operate machinery such as excavators, bulldozers, and cranes.
Assisting tradespeople: The labourer may assist skilled tradespeople by holding materials or tools, or by providing an extra pair of hands.
Construction labourers typically work on construction sites and may be required to work outside in all weather conditions. The job can be physically demanding, and the labourer may be required to work long hours. Good physical fitness and manual dexterity are important qualities for a construction labourer.