Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

Description

Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.

Tasks

  • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.
  • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.
  • Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
  • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
  • Assemble product containers or crates, using hand tools and precut lumber.
  • Load and unload ship cargo, using winches or other hoisting devices.
  • Connect hoses and operate equipment to move liquid materials into and out of storage tanks on vessels.
  • Pack containers and re-pack damaged containers.
  • Carry needed tools or supplies from storage or trucks and return them after use.
  • Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.
  • Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.
  • Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.
  • Carry out general yard duties, such as performing shunting on railway lines.
  • Adjust controls to guide, position, or move equipment, such as cranes, booms, or cameras.
  • Guide loads being lifted to prevent swinging.
  • Adjust or replace equipment parts, such as rollers, belts, plugs, or caps, using hand tools.
  • Stack cargo in locations such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.
  • Connect electrical equipment to power sources so that it can be tested before use.
  • Set up the equipment needed to produce special lighting or sound effects during performances.
  • Bundle and band material such as fodder or tobacco leaves, using banding machines.
  • Rig or dismantle props or equipment, such as frames, scaffolding, platforms, or backdrops, using hand tools.
  • Check out, rent, or requisition all equipment needed for productions or for set construction.
  • Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers so they can be loaded.
  • Lay tracks for camera dollies or cranes and carry or push dollies or cranes as instructed.
  • Adjust controls to raise or lower scenery or stage curtains during performances, following cues.
  • Wash out cargo containers or storage areas.
  • Build braces and otherwise lash and shore cargo in ships' holds to prevent shifting during voyages.
  • Shovel material, such as gravel, ice, or spilled concrete, into containers or bins or onto conveyors.
  • Erect tents or canopies to protect crews or equipment from weather.
  • Secure or release mooring lines of ships.
  • Sew canvas or other materials to make or repair tents, tarps, scrims, or backings, using sewing machines.

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Chemistry
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Skills

Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Lay Titles

Air and Water Filler
Airport Maintenance Laborer
Aluminum Can Collector
Ash Collector
Ash Handler
Ash Pit Worker
Ash Worker
Assorter
B and B Gang Worker
Bag Turner
Bag Worker
Baggageman
Bagger
Bagger and Stock Handler Helper
Bale Opener
Bale Piler
Bale Stacker
Banana Carrier
Banana Handler
Banana Loader
Bandoleer Straightener Stamper
Barrel Handler
Barrel Loader
Barrow Worker
Basin Cleaner
Battery Charger
Battery Stacker
Beef Selector
Bellows Assembler
Billet Straightener
Billet Worker
Bleeder
Blender Laborer
Blind Cleaner
Block Piler
Block Stacker
Bolt Loader
Boom Storage
Bottomer
Box Car Bracer
Box Car Loader
Box Worker
Boxer
Bridge Gang Worker
Bridge Maintainer
Buggyman
Bulk Loader
Bull-Gang Worker
Bundle Collector
Bundle Helper
Bundler
Cable Puller
Caddy
Cager
Canvas Shrinker
Car Blocker
Car Bracer
Car Dumper Operator Helper
Car Hop
Car Icer
Car Knocker
Car Loader
Car Packer
Car Pincher
Car Pre-Cooler
Car Storer
Car Stower
Car Unloader
Car Worker
Carboy Filler
Cargo Bracer
Cargo Handler
Cargo Station Worker
Cargo Trimmer
Cargo Worker

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$11.49 hourly, $23,890 annual.
Employment (2008):
2,143,940 employees