In a typical work setting, septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners:
- Have a very high level of social contact. They contact supervisors to find out about jobs and interact regularly with customers.
- Talk to others mostly by telephone and in person.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by coworkers.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
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- May work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work outdoors, but may work indoors on rare occasions.
- Regularly wear protective clothing or equipment.
- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants, such as cleaning products, and diseases and infections carried in waste.
- Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outside.
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- Are regularly exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
- May work in bright or dim lighting, depending on the weather and work site.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous conditions and situations.
- Sometimes must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
- May travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
- May work physically near others, such as within a few feet.
- Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could damage waste systems.
- Must allow the pace of work to be dictated by the speed of equipment.
- Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
- Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere where weekly and monthly deadlines must be met.
- Usually work a full time, regular schedule if they work for local government.
- May work more hours one week and fewer hours the next, depending on demand. This applies more to those who work for or own small companies.
- May travel to work sites.