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Building Labourer / Construction Worker

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

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Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognised apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

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At a Glance... header image

Building labourers do tasks such as moving materials, operating equipment and digging.


The Work header image

Building labourers carry out a variety of practical tasks that help skilled construction workers. They may dig trenches, mix and lay concrete, operate machinery, use equipment such as cement mixers, drills and pumps, and move, load and unload materials. The work may also involve driving a fork-lift truck and other construction site vehicles. They need to keep a constant supply of necessary materials to hand. The work that they do is supposed to make the work of the skilled workers flow more easily.  
 
Labourers are often responsible for keeping the site tidy and looking after tools and equipment. Following instructions from skilled workers is an important part of the work.  
 
Building labourers wear protective safety clothing such as a helmet, high visibility jacket, boots and overalls at all times.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.

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Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.

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Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.

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Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.

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Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.

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Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.

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Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.

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Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.

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Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.

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Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a building labourers you will need physical fitness, strength and stamina to cope with lifting and bending. It is important to have a head for heights. You need to be able to understand instructions and carry them out reliably and efficiently. You also need to work as part of a team. You should some familiarity with the duties of the workers you are helping. You need to be able to take orders and carry out tasks quickly.


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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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