Ripsaw Operators

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Ripsaw Operators

Ripsaw Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, sawing machine operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.