Job description Construction Labourer And Helper near Whitehorse (YT)
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Find out what work is like for a construction labourer and helper in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 75110).

Construction trades helpers and labourers


Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines. They are employed by construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators.

Work week duration

Construction trades helpers and labourers usually work between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Between 35 to 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Construction trades helpers and labourers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • Load and unload construction materials, and move materials to work areas
  • Erect and dismantle concrete forms, scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades required at construction sites
  • Mix, pour and spread materials such as concrete and asphalt
  • Assist tradespersons such as carpenters, bricklayers, cement finishers, roofers and glaziers in construction activities
  • Assist heavy equipment operators to secure special attachments to equipment, signal operators to guide them in moving equipment and provide assistance in other activities
  • Assist in aligning pipes and perform related activities during oil and gas pipeline construction
  • Assist in drilling and blasting rock at construction sites
  • Assist miners in excavating and in setting up and operating various drills and other surface mining machinery
  • Level earth to fine grade specifications using rake and shovel
  • Assist in demolishing buildings using prying bars and other tools, and sort, clean and pile salvaged materials
  • Remove rubble and other debris at construction sites using rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other equipment
  • Operate pneumatic hammers, vibrators and tampers as directed
  • Tend or feed machines or equipment used in construction such as mixers, compressors and pumps
  • Clean up chemical spills and other contaminants, and remove asbestos and other hazardous materials
  • Oil and grease hoists and similar equipment
  • Direct traffic at or near construction sites
  • Perform other activities at construction sites, as directed.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Handling material manually
  • Standing
  • Bending or twisting the body
  • Making repetitive motions
  • Walking and running

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Construction trades helpers and labourers are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Trade and labour contractors
  • Surface mine and quarry operators
  • Construction companies

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Sound and noise
  • Skin injury
  • Standard safety equipment
  • Outside, exposed to weather
  • Hazardous conditions
  • High places
  • Dangerous chemical substances
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Vibration
  • Hazardous equipment, machinery, tools

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 75110), and a list of similar occupations:

  • asphalt spreader
  • bricklayer helper
  • carpenter helper
  • concrete mixer helper
  • concrete paving labourer
  • construction helper
  • construction labourer
  • demolition worker
  • driller helper - surface mining
  • drywall sander
  • excavation labourer
  • flagperson
  • glazier helper
  • pipeline mandrel operator
  • plumber helper
  • roofer helper

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Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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