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Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

Britain on Monday grappled with the fallout from Storm Dennis, with several major incidents declared due to flooding and hundreds of warnings still in place after it battered the country over the weekend.

French unions played key role in protecting workers' mental health

During a three-year organizational restructuring at France Telecom that began in 2007—which called for the downsizing of 22,000 employees, often based on ethically questionable methods—there was a wave of employee suicides. ...

Negative consequences of antiterrorism policy in Europe

"It's right and proper that we have policies to prevent terrorism," says Francesco Ragazzi, university lecturer in International Relations at Leiden's Institute of Political Science. "But the way the policies are designed ...

How coworkers impact the value of your skills

In today's world, most workers are highly specialized, but this specialization can come at a cost—especially for those on the wrong team. New research by Harvard's Growth Lab uncovers the importance of teams and coworkers ...

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Laborer

One of the construction trades, traditionally considered unskilled manual labor (as opposed to skilled labor). In the division of labor, laborers have all blasting, hand tools, power tools, air tools, and small heavy equipment, and act as assistants to other trades , e.g. operators or cement masons. The first century BC engineer Vitruvius writes in detail about laborer practices at that time. In his experience a good crew of laborers is just as valuable as any other aspect of construction. Other than the addition of pneumatics, laborer practices have changed little. With the advent of advanced technology and its introduction into the construction field, the laborers have been quick to include much of this technology as being laborers work.

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