In a typical work setting, heavy truck drivers:
- Communicate with others by phone and in person on a daily basis. They also communicate by e-mail, but far less frequently.
- Are very responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Occasionally deal with unpleasant or angry people.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work inside an enclosed vehicle while driving and outdoors while loading and unloading.
- Work in close proximity to others while loading and unloading.
- Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting.
- Usually work in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.
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- Sometimes work in cramped spaces that require getting into awkward positions.
- Are frequently exposed to contaminants
- Wear protective or safety gear almost every day.
- Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done.
- Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere and meet daily deadlines.
- Frequently make decisions that impact others.
- Repeat the same physical and mental activities most days.
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- Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of equipment or machinery.
- Usually work an irregular schedule that changes based on weather and demand.
- May work days, evenings, or weekends.
- Often work more than 40 hours a week.