In a typical work setting, highway maintenance workers:
- Are responsible for the health and safety of drivers and coworkers.
- Have a medium level of social contact. Maintenance workers often work in teams, but may also spend time working alone.
- Communicate in person on a daily basis. They communicate less often by telephone and e-mail.
- Regularly work in a group or as part of a team.
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- Are responsible for the work outcomes and results of other workers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work mainly outdoors. In addition, they regularly drive enclosed vehicles, such as trucks, and open vehicles, such as mowers.
- Nearly always wear protective attire, such as gloves, hats, and work boots.
- Are constantly exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures while working outdoors.
- Are often exposed to contaminants, such as when spreading asphalt.
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- Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable.
- Are often exposed to whole body vibration.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
- Are often exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting conditions.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that may result in cuts or minor burns.
- Work near others, usually within a few feet.
- Must be exact in their work. Errors could affect the safety of the roads they maintain.
- Make decisions that affect others on a weekly basis. This is because they make most decisions without talking to a supervisor.
- Set some tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor, but usually consult with another first.
- Must keep pace with the speed of equipment.
- Usually work full time.
- Generally work a set schedule. However, they may work overtime to meet deadlines. This may include working weekends and holidays.
- May work seasonally.
- May travel to areas where workers are needed.