A laborer is an entry level employee whose job is to perform a variety of basic tasks. A candidate for this position must be in good physical condition as he/she will be required to perform manual labor within conditions that are sometimes less than ideal, such as outdoors during inclement winter, including exposure to wood dust and at times loud noises daily.
Lifting - It is important for prospective laborers to be physically fit, as they may be required to lift heavy objects repeatedly during the course of the shift.
Maintenance - A laborer is often responsible for maintaining his/her work environment, such as sweeping, mopping and performing various duties.
Skills - Successful laborers possess the ability to follow directions and work without constant supervision, knowledge of basic mechanics and how to use hand tools. The ability to stand for long periods of time, lift heavy loads and endure extremes in temperature or harsh weather conditions are also necessary.
Essential functions and responsibilities:
Performs any combination of following tasks in and about sawmill
- Shovel bark and chips
- Must frequently pick up pieces of board from the floor. The piece of board weighs on average 5 - 30 lbs.
- Straightens lumber on conveyor to align lumber for grading, sawing, edging, trimming, sorting, stacking, or for transfer to other conveyors.
- Clears jammed material, using picaroon to permit normal flow of lumber along conveyor.
- Cleans work area, using broom and shovel. Make sure mill floor is clean of banding and boards before leaving every day.
- Clean around machinery, clean equipment and tools.
- Learn to operate various machinery.
- Provide assistance to craft operators
- completes PMs (preventative maintenance) as scheduled on assigned equipment.
- Laborers who are assigned to a specific area must be able to perform the operators job in that area, to assist and “break-out” the operator.
- Some climbing and crawling may be involved associated with housekeeping.
-May pile lumber on trucks or pallets.
-May tend automatic conveyor and sorting machine that sorts lumber for further processing.
-May be designated according to process involved as Cross-Tie Turner (wood prod.); Sorter-Lumber Straightener (sawmill & planer); Stacker-Straightener (sawmill & planer); Trimmer Loader (sawmill & planer);
- Any other tasks assigned by supervisors
Laborers in the Planer -
-Run roundtable and/or sticks.
-Stamp every piece at roundtable except for 2x4x2’.
-Spray SPIB stencil on all 2’packs except 2x4x2’.
-Ensure proper piece count on every roundtable pack.
-Band and properly tag full packs.
-Keep boards cut up that tilt hoist or planer operators throw off.
-Keep floor clean around table and sticks.
-Learn to run different machinery when assigned.
-Assist Maintenance in troubleshooting.
-Set up carts for roundtable sorting.
-Sorting and stacking roundtable by products of wood on carts – repetitive motions used daily.
-Perform other duties as assigned.
-Clean up around round table.
-Clean up around sticks and chains.
-Clean up under and behind planer. Cleaning out the crawl space beneath the planer under extremely hot and dusty closed quarters.
-Make sure mill floor is clean of banding and boards before leaving every day.
-Keep area around placard rack and desk clean.
--Clean around hog.
-Ensure that all breakers are on and all E-stops are pulled out.
The job requires wearing personal protective equiment such as hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toed shoes, hearing protection.
Must be willing to cross-train in various positions, be self-motivated, possess good work ethics and team work ability.
Must be able and willing to work long hours and week-ends. Requires very good attendance record.
Qualifications – Required:
A high school diploma or GED is required. Safety and good housekeeping are a must.
Must be able to read, write and understand written materials. Perform basic math computations as required for safety, quality, and production functions. The ability to follow oral and written instructions and policies.
Performing General Physical Activities -- Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Controlling Machines and Processes -- Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Successfully pass a drug screen and pre-employment physical. Must have acceptable work references and background check.
Qualifications – Preferred:
Past sawmill experience is a plus.
Travel Required? No
Shift Hours: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Simpson - 18 months ago
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