A Construction worker performs a wide range of duties on a construction site. From basic duties such as removing debris, loading or unloading building materials and digging trenches, to more specialised tasks such as operating machinery or following detailed construction plans.
Construction workers have a diverse workload and learn practical skills useful in a range of construction settings.
Most workers learn through practical on the job training after being hired by a construction contractor. Besides hands on construction skills, apprentices will learn blueprint reading, workplace health & safety and other relevant knowledge.
Construction sites pose many dangers to workers and worksite construction injuries do happen.
Construction workers score a 4/5 risk rating
Construction Workers utilise maths and algebra within their work in many different ways. Mathematics applies when constructing and working out different lengths and dimensions of materials. Project budgeting, particularly for those in Construction Management, is an important part of the job.
Construction workers often do 10 hour shifts, starting at around 6.30am. This early start time is essential to make the most of the daylight hours; of course construction work is much safer and practical to complete in broad daylight rather than the relative dark of the late afternoon.
The salary of a construction worker ranges between $36,241 - $119,195, with the median salary sitting at $50,980 per annum.
A career in construction may lead to managerial positions or potential for establishing your own construction company.
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