Laborers’ International Union of North America

The skills required as a Construction Craft Laborer are varied. The work is physically demanding and the hours can be long but the rewards are plentiful.

Construction Laborers dig trenches, mix and place concrete, erect scaffolds, set braces to support the sides of excavations, and clean and prepare construction sites to rid them of any dangers, such as rubble and debris, asbestos, and other hazardous waste. They use tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment. They may assist other craft workers such as carpenters, plasterers, and masons.

At heavy and highway construction sites, Laborers clear and prepare highway work zones and rights of way; install traffic barricades, cones, and markers; and control traffic passing near, in, and around work zones. They also install sewer, water, and storm drain pipes, and place concrete and asphalt on roads.

Construction Laborers at hazardous waste sites safely sample, identify, handle, pack, and transport asbestos, lead, radioactive waste, and other harmful materials, and clean and decontaminate equipment, buildings, and other enclosed structures.

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