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Becoming a Freight Handler (Rail or Road)
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Becoming a Freight Handler (Rail or Road)

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Also known as Freight Loader.
Loads and unloads freight trucks, containers and rail cars.
Training time 0.5 - 1 year
Avg. weekly wage $1,150
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 3,800

What does a Freight Handler (Rail or Road) do?

  • labelling goods with customers' details and destinations
  • loading goods into trucks, containers and rail wagons, and securing loads
  • assisting to tie down loads and cover them with tarpaulins
  • guiding truck drivers into loading bays and through confined spaces
  • performing clerical functions to record and check cargo on arrival, storage and despatch
  • opening and closing hatches and securing cargo to prevent shifting during voyages
  • transferring loads using moving equipment and directing equipment operations using communication systems

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