While tasks performed by each craft and the physical location of the job sites vary, the physical demands of each craft/trade are similar in nature. The following is a description of some of the physical characteristics that may be required for individuals pursuing a career in construction:

  • Positions required to work in: climbing, bending, sitting, walking, kneeling, crawling, standing, lifting, pushing and pulling.
  • Good hand/eye balance and the ability to distinguish colors are required in order to use the tools that are necessary to perform the required work.
  • Employees must have vision which has good depth perception in order to judge distance and space relationships.
  • The emloyee must be able to work in all types of weather conditions.
  • The ability to work in elevated positions is a must.
  • The employee must be able to work in confined spaces as well as wear the following safety equipment when needed: life vests, ear protection, rubber gloves, leather gloves, hard hat, slicker suit, acid suit, rubber gloves, full face breathing mask, full safety harness, or wearing a face shield.
  • In most instances the heavy work demands will require up to 100 pounds of force to be exerted occasionally and up to 50 pounds of force to be exerted frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force to be exerted constantly to move objects.