Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites. They are employed by construction companies and trade and labour contractors.
Construction trades helpers and labourers perform some or all of the following duties:
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 trades persons 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
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.
Some experience as a general construction labourer may be required for construction trade helpers.
Some pipeline workers, such as stabbers, mandrel operators and pre-heater tenders, usually require one season of experience in oil and gas pipeline construction.
Flagmen/women may require a traffic control certificate.
Mobility is possible among workers in this unit group.
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