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Loaders - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, tank car, truck, and ship loaders:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of coworkers.
  • Have a high level of social contact by talking with others over the phone, with email and in person.
  • Write letters and memos every once in a while.
  • May on occasion be placed in conflict situations.
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  • Are responsible for the work done by coworkers and their health and safety.
  • Almost always work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work outdoors and are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures, depending on the weather. Occasionally work indoors.
  • Are regularly exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
  • Are frequently exposed to contaminants.
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous equipment, situations, and conditions. Wear safety and protective gear on a daily basis.
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  • Often have to reach high places to perform the job.
  • Often work in very bright or dim lighting.
  • May have to get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could result in injuries to themselves or coworkers.
  • Must keep pace with the speed of equipment or machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
  • Often make decisions that affect coworkers and others. They usually don't consult a supervisor before deciding how to pack materials.
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  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
  • Must meet strict daily deadlines.


  • Usually work more than 40 hours per week.
  • Typically have a set schedule each week that may change to meet deadlines.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.