A Road Surfacing Operative (RSO) is critical to the country’s infrastructure. They are responsible for the surfacing, resurfacing, and improvement of public and privately owned highway network. RSOs cover all road types from motorways to residential streets. Operatives also work in a range of environments and will spend the majority of time outside. They will work a variety of shift patterns in order to minimise disruption to the road user and travelling public.
RSOs will work as part of a team, between 8 and 14 people, directed by a foreman and/or supervisor. They will perform multiple roles including machine driver, machine operator, roller driver, rake hand, planer driver, and planer operator. Operator’s must also develop a safety-first attitude, learning how to carry out works without risk to themselves, the public, or the environment.
Employers of all sizes exist within the industry, from small enterprises to multi-national organisations involved in operations across countries and continents.