In a typical work setting, bricklayers and stonemasons:
- Have a medium level of contact with others. They interact with others face-to-face daily, and often communicate by telephone.
- Are responsible for the work done by assistants and other workers.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of coworkers.
- Often work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Nearly always work outdoors, unless they are installing a fireplace or industrial furnace indoors.
- Wear kneepads, gloves, or hard hats on a daily basis.
- Are regularly are exposed to hazardous situations and equipment, such as when using saws.
- Are occasionally exposed to contaminants, such as chemical mortar removers.
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- Sometimes are exposed to uncomfortable noise levels, such as when sawing through bricks or stone.
- Sometimes are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures.
- Occasionally work in cramped areas, such as when finishing corners.
- Are sometimes exposed to high places, such as when climbing to and standing on scaffolding.
- May work near others, such as when occupying the same work space.
- Work in a competitive atmosphere. Contractors often compete for jobs.
- Must be very exact in laying the brick or stone so that the structure is level and has no cracks or holes.
- Repeat the same physical activities over and over.
- Occasionally make decisions that affect customers and other workers. They usually make decisions without talking to a supervisor first.
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- Set some of their daily tasks and goals by themselves, but often check with managers first.
- Must meet strict weekly deadlines.
- Usually work 40 hours a week.
- May work weekends and holidays.
- May work only during good weather, since many work outside.