In a typical work setting, freight handlers:
- Have a medium level of social interaction with others.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
- May occasionally deal with conflict situations in which others may become rude or angry.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
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- Communicate mostly by face-to-face discussions.
- Usually work as part of a team of handlers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Usually work outdoors. Sometimes work indoors, although these sites may not have heating or air conditioning.
- Regularly wear protective or safety clothing, such as hard hats, heavy boots, and gloves.
- Occasionally are exposed to very hot or cold weather when working outside.
- Occasionally are exposed to hazardous equipment and situations, if a stevedore.
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- May work near contaminants.
- May work within a few feet of others.
- Must be sure all the details and tasks of their work are done correctly. Errors can endanger the safety of workers or cause financial loss to customers.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Usually seek direction from supervisors before setting daily tasks and goals.
- Must meet strict daily deadlines.
- May work part time or full time. Those who work full time may work long hours to meet shipping deadlines.
- May work evening, weekend, or night shifts. Schedules are usually established.