Most plastering jobs are indoors; however, plasterers and stucco masons work outside when applying stucco or exterior wall insulation and exterior decorative finish systems. Exterior work can be greatly impacted by inclement weather as stucco must be applied when the weather permits. Plasterers work on scaffolds high above the ground.
Plastering is physically demanding, requiring considerable standing, bending, lifting, and reaching overhead. The work can be dusty and dirty, soiling shoes and clothing, and can irritate the skin and eyes, unless the proper personal protective equipment is used.