Particularly at the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp, what work detachment inmates had to work in was critical. Being sent to work building tunnels or to work at the many outdoor construction sites, for example building streets or rail lines, had fatal consequences. This extremely heavy labour quickly led to exhaustion and death. Compared to these murderous conditions, the work details in the weapons industry meant an improvement for inmates. There was less mistreatment by foremen; inmates worked in a dry place and received more to eat. However, usually only skilled workers or inmates with a relationship to an inmate functionary had any chance of being assigned to a production work detachment. Here too, an inmate's physical condition was decisive. The SS intentionally sent weak inmates to the construction commandos with the worst conditions.
Today, only the foundations remain of the labour administration building.