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Paving and Surface Labourer

Paving and Surface Labourer's are involved in routine positions where they lay bituminous and a variety of other paving materials on roads, parking lots, runways, and other similar surfaces to prepare them to be paved. Paving and surface labourer's often work outside during warm months of the year.

Duties and tasks

  • Activate tail-gate levers to spread asphalt, gravel, and stone chips
  • Build and deconstruct barricades
  • May direct traffic around labour sites
  • Prepare surfaces to be paved by sweeping and brushing hot and cold-mix asphalt over them, as well as repair any bases as the need arises , use tank-trucks and hoses to spray road oils and tar for preparation purposes
  • Shovel asphalt into areas not reachable by machinery
  • Trim and cut damaged surfaces and soften edges using large power tools

Skills required

  • A short on-the-job training period may be required
  • Ability to work well in high-pressure situations
  • Excellent manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • Knowledge and understanding of all applicable health and safety rules
  • Physically fit and able to perform repetitive, heavy lifting tasks
  • Strong attention to detail

Working conditions

Paving and Surface Labourer's must be comfortable working in all-weather conditions and irregular hours. This could include weekends, early mornings, and, potentially, night work. Paving and surfacing labourer's must also be prepared to get dusty, greasy, muddy, etc.

Professional associations / Industry information

Master Builders Australia 

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) 

The Housing Industry Association 

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