A Road Surfacing Operative (RSO) is critical to the country’s infrastructure. Multi-disciplines, RSO’s are responsible for surfacing, resurfacing, and improving vast areas of both the publicly and privately owned highway network; covering all roads from residential streets to motorways.
RSO’s work as part of a team, known as a gang, run by a foreman. Within the gang, RSO’s perform a multitude of tasks, including machine driver, plane operator, roller driver, and rake hand. Being a team player is essential, as if a safety-first attitude, so as no risk comes to themselves, those around them, or the environment.
Work is almost exclusively completed outdoors, and shift work is also common to help minimise disruption to the public.