Light laborers manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other unskilled general labor. Most have a high school degree or an equivalent. This type of job requires physical strength as well as good communication and comprehension skills.
Typical Duties Include:
Attach identifying tags to containers, or mark them with identifying information.
Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments and material and equipment needs.
Record numbers of units handled and moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
Move freight, stock, and other materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, and containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, and other equipment.
Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
Assemble product containers and crates, using hand tools and precut lumber.
Load and unload ship cargo, using winches and 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 and supplies from storage or trucks, and return them after use.