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Loaders - Physical Demands

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Walk or run for long periods of time.
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  • Bend or twist their body.

It is important for tank car, truck, and ship loaders to be able to:

  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
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  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for tank car, truck, and ship loaders to be able to:

  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
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  • See objects in very bright or glaring light.
  • Move arms and legs quickly.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • See objects in very low light.
  • Determine from which direction a sound came.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.