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Construction worker

Construction worker
An American carpenter wearing overalls, boots, and a hard hat bores a hole with a hand drill.
A Carpenter, working on the construction of Douglas Dam in the United States, bores a hole with a hand drill. (June 1942)
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Labourer; see Construction trades

A construction worker is a tradesman, labourer (by tradition considered an unskilled tradesman), or professional employed in the physical construction of the built environment and its infrastructure.


The term construction worker describes an abstract concept and is a meta-category for all those involved in construction, those performing the actual work.

The physical construction worker does not actually exist, all construction workers associate themselves with some subcategory of worker.

Construction workers - as anyone in an occupation that involves possible head strikes, heatstroke, frostbite, other weather elements, or hazardous contaminants - should always wear protective hard hats, giving birth to the descriptive term "hard hat worker".[1] Some managers of small construction organizations or those that employ undocumented migrant workers avoid the expense of hardhats and other safety equipment and practices that may slow production or require larger crews. For this reason hardhats are associated with those workers involved in commercial, large scale, and government jobs.

Construction workers work under the construction foreman.

While most construction workers learn on the job as an informal apprentice to an experienced tradesman, formal apprenticeship programs are common, particularly in developed countries with trade unions.


The division of labor of construction encompasses a diverse range of skilled and manual labor.

Among the most common construction trades are those of carpenter, electrician, heavy equipment operator, ironworker, laborer, mason, plasterer, plumber, pipefitter, sheet metal worker, steel fixer (also known as a "rodbuster"), and welder.


In 2008, a migrant workers. Many of the migrant workers turned to construction work after their farming communities collapsed into poverty.[2]

In the United States, illegal immigrant labor is prevalent in the construction industry. Because of the questionable legal status of these workers, employers often have the ability to commit crimes such as wage theft and violation of workplace standards without fear of facing consequences.[3] Similar abuse of immigrant labor is also a problem in Qatar during the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup where workers mostly from poor Asian countries are forced to work in desert conditions for as little as €6.20 a day.[4]


Ironworkers erecting the steel frame of a new building at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the United States 
A steel fixer wears protective gloves while handling a coil of rebar, which will be embedded in a reinforced concrete column to strengthen it 
Workers wearing reflective vests, hard hats, and other protective clothing at a work site in New York City 

See also


  1. ^ "hardhat". 
  2. ^ a b Richardson, Sophie, ed. (12 March 2008). One Year of My Blood: Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in Beijing (Technical report).  
  3. ^ "Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly". National Public Radio (NPR). 2013. 
  4. ^ "Qatar construction workers earn 55c an hour".  

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  • Construction and Maintenance at DMOZ
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