Construction Helpers

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Construction Helpers

Construction Helpers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, construction helpers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They get instructions from supervisors, but often work alone.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others helpers.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of public and other employees.
  • Communicate mostly by face-to-face discussions and occasionally by telephone.
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  • Usually work as part of a team of helpers and trade workers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often wear gloves, hard hats, safety goggles, and ear plugs.
  • May work indoors or outdoors, depending on the job.
  • Are sometimes exposed to noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable, such as those made by electric cutting tools.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment, such as electric saws and welding equipment.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on the weather.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants such as cleaning solvents.
  • Are sometimes exposed to high places, especially helpers of bricklayers, painters, and plasterers.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts or scrapes.
  • Are sometimes exposed to cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
  • May work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could result in lost time and materials.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Usually set their daily tasks and priorities with input from a supervisor.
  • Must meet weekly and monthly deadlines.


  • Usually work eight-hour shifts, though longer hours are also common.
  • May work only during seasons when weather permits construction.
  • Travel to different construction sites to work. May work at one site for a few weeks or months.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.