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Details for Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand


Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other unskilled general labor. Includes all unskilled 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 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.
  • 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, and 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 and move equipment such as cranes, booms, and cameras.
  • Guide loads being lifted in order to prevent swinging.
  • Adjust or replace equipment parts such as rollers, belts, plugs, and 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 and sound effects during performances.
  • Bundle and band material such as fodder and tobacco leaves, using banding machines.
  • Rig and dismantle props and 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, and containers so they can be loaded.
  • Lay tracks for camera dollies and cranes, and carry or push around dollies and cranes as instructed.
  • Adjust controls to raise and lower scenery and stage curtains during performances, following cues.
  • Wash out cargo containers and storage areas.
  • Build braces and otherwise lash and shore cargo in ships' holds, in order to prevent shifting during voyages.
  • Shovel material such as gravel, ice, or spilled concrete into containers or bins, or onto conveyors.
  • Erect tents and canopies to protect crews and equipment from weather.
  • Secure and release mooring lines of ships.
  • Sew canvas and other materials to make and repair tents, tarps, scrims, and backings, using sewing machines.


  • 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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.



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