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Building sites are a hive of activity, with many different professionals involved in the construction projects that are being undertaken. If not managed properly from a safety point of view they can also be dangerous places where both avoidable and unavoidable accidents happen causing injuries to the different roles on site.

To have a better understanding of the types of people who work on building sites we have taken a look at all the different jobs that can happen on a building site and what their role is.

The most common industries on a building site are set out below.


Tradesmen are by far the most frequently seen on a building site. They are responsible for the practical side of building a property. There are many different trades involved in the construction industry, each complementing the other with a view to coming up with the planned finished project. They include:

  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Central Heating Engineers
  • Renderers
  • Painters and Decorators
  • Ground workers
  • Labourers
  • Landscape Gardeners


In addition to the industries that are physically involved in the building of a property, there are a number of professions who are more involved in the planning of the project and the management of the site.


The architect is frequently involved in a building project before the site is set up. The architect is responsible for designing the structure of the building(s) on the site and dealing with planning issues that may arise with the local planning authority.

Quantity Surveyors

The Quantity Surveyor is essential to any building site. The role of the Quantity Surveyor is to calculate the cost of the construction that is planned. This involves working out the cost of the labour of all of the tradesmen on the site. In addition, costings need to be made of all the materials required to complete the construction. When these calculations have been completed and put against the proposed selling price, a reasonable estimate of the likely profit from the project can be arrived at.

Site Managers

As the name implies, a site manager is responsible for the overall management of the building site. The responsibilities of a site manager include ensuring that the work is carried out to the required standard, that the workers are compliant with safety regulations and good practice and that the construction is completed on schedule. On larger sites, there may be two or more site managers.

Building Surveyors

The building surveyor is responsible for the provision of technical advice relating, principally, to the building’s condition and any defects that need to be resolved. They work with existing buildings as well as on proposed buildings.

Structural Engineers

The principal role of the structural engineer is to make sure that the structure of the proposed building is sound. The structural engineer may be involved in the design of a building but is also concerned with other projects such as the construction of tunnels and bridges.

Landscape Architects

Landscape architects are responsible for designing and supervising the development of residential, industrial and commercial building sites. Landscape designers carry out a similar function but they are more likely to be seen on smaller building sites.

Roles on a Building Site

As we have seen (and the list above does not include some of the less common industries on a building site such as geologists, soil specialists and geo-technical engineers) the number of industries that are involved on a building site are many and varied, all working in collaboration to achieve the satisfactory completion of the construction project that they are involved in.

Building Sites & Personal Injury

If you have been injured while working on a building site as any of the role above, or indeed any that are not listed there, and you want to know if you are entitled to compensation for that injury then talk to the team at Accinet. Talk to one of the experienced solicitors about your specific circumstances and they will let you know whether you are able to claim for compensation, talking to the solicitor is completely free and confidential and they work on a no win no fee basis.