HoURLY; Fork Lift Operator
Graham Packaging - York, PA

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Position Summary:
The Fork Lift Operator position has a variety of different assignments which are assigned based on business needs in support of achieving the goals of the Bedford, NH Facility. This job description is meant to serve as an outline of the duties and responsibilities that a Fork Lift Operator may be required to perform during the course of their work-day, but is not all inclusive of the Fork Lift Operator responsibilities.

Functions:

  • Operates a forklift.
  • Drives a propane-powered squeeze lift to move pallets of product up to 10 feet wide and 20 feet tall.
  • Drives a propane-powered fork lift to move corrugate and pallets of goods throughout the facility.
  • Regularly gets on and off of lift trucks to make adjustments to loads, read pallet tickets, complete paper work, perform other duties, etc.
  • Keeps lift trucks fueled by attaching and detaching tanks of propane weighing 50 lbs. or more.
  • Follows all operating and safety rules.


  • Transports raw materials, finished goods and other materials to and from the warehouse, on and off of truck trailers, and to and from other designated area.
  • Moves goods including corrugate, regrind, pre-forms, banding, shrink wrap, trash, finished goods, pallets, gaylords, etc. with a lift truck.
  • Moves goods with a pallet jack.
  • Moves goods with a hand truck or two wheeler.
  • Arranges goods to permit orderly flow of work and prevent bottlenecks or back-up.
  • Pulls materials from proper areas according to FIFO and other instructions and place goods in proper areas of the warehouse or on the proper truck as instructed.
  • Assists incoming Quality Inspector or Shipping and Receiving Clerk in moving goods as directed.
  • Loads and unloads trucks in a timely manner so that the trucks are not delayed and so that the bays may be used again.


  • Prepares and maintains appropriate shipping and receiving records.
  • Fills out documents with a pen or pencil as required.

  • Prepares and maintains warehouse inventory records.
  • Fills out warehouse and production documents as required for each item.
  • Accurately records locations, #, etc.


  • Maintains work area in a neat, orderly manner.
  • Sweeps up debris.
  • Empties trash cans.
  • Picks up obstacles and items that would interfere with the operation of forklifts.
  • Keeps corrugate, shrink wrap, banding, forms, etc. off of the floor.
  • Arranges items so that they do not obstruct aisles, door ways, and emergency devices such as fire alarms, fire extinguishers, etc.


  • Performs scheduled preventative maintenance checks on assigned equipment and fills out proper forms.
  • Performs a pre-operation inspection daily on the assigned lifts.
  • Records the findings on the proper form.
  • Notifies proper people any time the lifts or other assigned equipment seems to be malfunctioning.
  • Reports all lift, product or facility damage immediately.


  • Relieves others as required.
  • Ensures that breaks are covered for anyone he/she is paired with.
  • Assists Production Lift Operators if needed.
  • Makes sure his/her job is covered during breaks.


  • Assists in reworking pallets.
  • Stacks and restacks boxes from the floor to up to 10 feet.
  • Breaks open boxes if required.


  • Assembles or breaks down gaylords.
  • Moves broken down gaylords weighing up to 25 lbs. from stacks on the floor or on a pallet. This requires grasping and controlling a large corrugate box approximately 4 feet x 7 feet x 8 feet. Requires great deal of bending, stooping, balancing and arm and hand strength as well as general body mobility.
  • Stacks and un-stacks broken down gaylords onto pallets.
  • Builds up gaylords. (See A.)


  • Follows all plant and warehouse safety rules and procedures.
  • Follows all rules and procedures of Lockout/Tagout and hazardous energy release programs.
  • Wears ear plugs, safety glasses, and hair net as required in restricted areas.
  • Wears gloves when performing rough work.


  • Sets dock boards, stacks pallets, inspects trucks, opens bay doors and truck doors, etc.
  • Performs duties required to safely and properly load and unload the trucks. Requires lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, etc.
  • Reports any problems with trucks to shipping and receiving clerk.


  • 12. Other duties as assigned.

  • Equipment, machines, tools, electronic devices, software:
  • Propane powered forklift - fork attachment
  • Propane powered forklift - squeeze attachment
  • Propane tanks
  • pallet jack
  • Hand truck - two-wheeler
  • Pallets
  • Pen, pencil
  • Broom
  • Trash cans
  • Bay doors
  • Dock boards
  • Clip board
  • Razor knife
  • Shrink wrap
  • Banding
  • Corrugate and boxes
  • Pallet tickets
  • Gaylords, full and empty
  • Calculator


  • Functional and physical demands of this position:
  • Climbing: Periodically climbs up to 17 stairs to get to the production platforms. Repetitively climbs up and down out of a lift.
  • Balancing: Frequently balances while loading, banding, shrink wrap, etc.
  • Stooping: Frequently stoops to pick up debris, shrink wrap, banding, etc.
  • Kneeling: Normally not required.
  • Crouching: May occasionally crouch to read pallet tickets on low pallets, etc.
  • Crawling: Normally not required.
  • Reaching: Frequently reaches up, down and to both sides in stacking and un-stacking pallets up to 10 feet high.
  • Standing: Minimal standing. May stand occasionally while completing paperwork.
  • Walking: Frequently walks short distances to the front of the lift and back to the driver’s seat.
  • Pushing: Occasional pushing involved in positioning materials as corrugate, etc. May use up to 75 lbs. of force.
  • Pulling: Occasional pulling involved in positioning materials. May use up to 75 lbs. of force.
  • Lifting: Frequently lifts from 5-50 lbs. and occasionally lifts up to 75 lbs. in arranging, loading and unloading materials.
  • Fingering: Fingers lift truck controls, pallet tickets, etc.
  • Grasping: Frequently grasps boxes, corrugate, shrink wrap and other supplies and products.
  • Feeling: No special requirements.


  • Talking: Occasional minimal communication with supervision, quality, maintenance, production clerk, etc.
  • Hearing: Must frequently hear equipment alarms forklift horns. Works in loud areas and wears hearing protection.
  • Repetitive Motions: Gets up and down off of lift frequently. May stack and un-stack rework pallets.


  • General physical requirements:
  • HEAVY WORK: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision:
  • Needs sufficient vision to drive a forklift including near and far vision, peripheral vision and good depth perception. This requires binocular vision. Will move double wide pallets (10+ feet) through doors with minimal clearance. Will stack and un-stack pallets up to 20 feet high. Must place forks and squeezes exactly to avoid damage to product.

  • Working conditions:
  • Must be able to work entire shift in non-temperature controlled warehouse and industrial environment. Hot in summer, cool in winter.
  • Works around moving and cycling mechanical equipment.
  • Works with other moving forklifts.
  • Works under constant demand to meet production and warehouse needs.


  • Work schedule requirements:
  • Works 8 or 12 hour shifts, normally works 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off for 12 hr shift. Two (8 hrs shift) or three (12hr shift) 10 minute breaks and one 20 minute break.
  • The worker may be scheduled for up to 5 days in a row if required and may volunteer for a sixth day. Weekend work is required every other week based on rotating schedule.


  • Education/experience/mental ability:
  • Requires the ability to do basic reading and writing.
  • Requires ability to count and do basic math with a calculator.
  • Forklift driving experience helpful but not required as the employee can be trained.
  • Must be able to follow directions accurately.
  • Must be able to keep up with a fast-paced job with multiple simultaneous demands. Job is physically demanding, but is also mentally demanding in that the schedules, products and needs of many different lines must be considered at once.
  • Requires some skill in working with a variety of people.
  • Must be able to work in a fairly self-directed manner.
  • The job time is divided into the following percentages:


  • Repetitive 20% Problem Solving 0%

    Routine 50% Creative 0%

    Skilled Task 30%

    Graham Packaging is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, marital status, disability or handicap, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.