Construction Worker - General

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What does a construction worker do?

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Construction is an industry that requires working at ever-changing locations and work environments. This profile refers to general construction workers. Others at a construction site include electricians, carpenters and plumbers.

Some of the main duties of a general construction worker are to:

  • Install various commercial, industrial or residential systems.
  • Ensure that projects conform to building codes and regulations.
  • Use, clean and maintain various types of equipment.
  • Supervise or apprentice other workers.

What are some health and safety issues for construction workers?

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What are some preventive measures for construction workers?

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  • Scan the workplace for existing and potential hazards before work begins and take appropriate controls. Be aware that conditions can change constantly.
  • Inspect all equipment and machinery for any defects before work begins.
  • Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  • Use correct personal protective equipment and apparel, including safety footwear.
  • Keep all work areas clear of clutter and equipment.
  • Avoid awkward body positions or take frequent breaks.
  • Learn safe lifting techniques.
  • Have training before beginning any task, especially high-risk activities such as working at heights, hazardous energy control (lockout/tag out), or confined space entry.
  • Follow a recommended shiftwork pattern, and be aware of the associated hazards.
  • Be aware of seasonal hazards from working in extreme temperatures.
  • Know how to get help in an emergency for working alone situations.
  • Be aware of the emergency response plans before work begins.

What are some good general safe work practices?

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Where can I get more information?

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General information is available in OSH Answers or through the CCOHS person-to-person Inquiries Service.

  • Fact sheet last revised: 2021-08-25