What do Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand do?

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

  • 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.

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