In a typical work setting, drywall finishers:
- Have a low to medium level of social contact. Finishers may talk to installers in person or on the telephone for brief periods, but work alone most of the time.
- Sometimes work as part of a team.
- Are somewhat responsible for work done by other finishers.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others, especially during installation.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work indoors, but may work outdoors on occasion. Indoor work sites may not have heating or air conditioning.
- Often are exposed to contaminants, such as dust or fumes from joint compounds.
- Regularly wear goggles or other safety devices.
- Sometimes are exposed to hazardous situations and conditions. May experience minor cuts or scratches.
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- Sometimes are exposed to loud noises while construction proceeds around them.
- May get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
- Must sometimes work while on ladders or scaffolds.
- May work physically near other finishers.
- Usually travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
- Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors or omissions could slow progress on the project.
- Repeat the same physical tasks.
- Make minor decisions throughout their workday. They often act without consulting another first.
- Determine most of the daily tasks and goals independently.
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- Must meet daily and weekly deadlines.
- Usually work 40 hours per week.
- May work less in the winter when construction slows down.