In a typical work setting, woodworking machine operators:
- Have a low level of social contact. They work mainly with machines and materials but occasionally talk to supervisors and coworkers throughout the day.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
- May work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work indoors and outdoors. The location greatly depends on the type of employer. Indoor locations may not have heating or air conditioning.
- Wear ear plugs, safety glasses, respirators, or safety shields on a daily basis.
- Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
- Are often exposed to hazardous equipment and situations that may produce cuts.
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- Are exposed to contaminants, such as wood dust, every day.
- Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause injuries to workers.
- Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of machinery.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Set most of their daily tasks and goals without input from a supervisor.
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- Must meet strict weekly and daily deadlines.
- Usually work a 40-hour week.
- Generally work a set schedule.