General Laborer

Job description

The job duties of a general laborer vary. They may include cleaning and preparing a job site, loading and delivering materials and using a variety of tools and machines, such as blowtorches, forklifts, levels, lifts, power drills, grinders, saws, pressure washers and water spraying equipment. Laborers set up and take down ladders, scaffolding and other temporary structures. They help carpenters, masons and other specialized contractors.

At road construction sites, general laborers may control traffic. They set up markers, cones and barricades and may flag vehicles to control the traffic flow.

Where To Study

There is no education background requirements but there are other characteristics expected of you, namely

  • be in good health;
  • have strength and stamina;
  • be reliable and have integrity;
  • be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather;
  • able to follow instructions;
  • be able to work independently if required to do so.

Potential Employers


  • Farms
  • Building industry
  • Food industry
  • Businesses
  • Buildings
  • Schools
  • Shopping centres
  • Hostels
  • Care centres
  • Hotels
  • Trade industry