Cargo Handlers

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Cargo Handlers

Cargo Handlers - Overview

Freight handlers move materials from one place to another.

Freight handlers load, unload, and stack a wide variety of materials. Some load and unload cargo from shipping vehicles. Others load products in storage and take them to loading docks.

Freight handlers know how to move each type of item safely and quickly. To move small or light items they use dollies, hand trucks, and wheelbarrows. Freight handlers use hoists and cranes to move larger, heavier items.

When using hoists and cranes, freight handlers attach slings to steady loads while they are being moved. They guide the loads to pallets, trucks, ships, or shelves in warehouses. They position containers to receive items. Freight handlers brace loads to prevent shifting during transport. They secure loads by installing braces, pads, and straps.

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