In a typical work setting, sawing machine operators:
- Are responsible for the work done by others.
- Have a medium level of social contact. They often work alone with machines and lumber but also interact with loggers and supervisors via face to face discussions.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of other workers.
- Often work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Wear ear plugs, safety shields, and dust masks on a daily basis.
- Are often exposed to hazardous equipment.
- Are regularly exposed to contaminants, especially wood dust.
- Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
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- Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures when working outdoors.
- Are often exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts or burns.
- Usually work indoors, but may sometimes work outdoors. Indoor work sites usually don’t have heating or air conditioning.
- May work physically near others, such as when sharing work space.
- Must be sure that all details are done and their work is very exact. Errors could endanger the safety of self or others.
- Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of machinery.
- May make some decisions independently. They usually talk to a supervisor before making important decisions that affect others.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
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- Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.
- Must meet strict daily deadlines.
- Usually work a 40-hour week.
- Generally work a set schedule.