Freight and Furniture Handlers load and unload trucks, containers and rail cars, and transfer cargo between ships and other forms of transport and storage facilities.
A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
- 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
- stacking cargo on pallets, trays, flats and slings to facilitate transfer to and from ships
- Freight Handler (Rail or Road)
- Truck Driver's Offsider
- Waterside Worker or Stevedore
Freight Handler (Rail or Road) (also called Freight Loader)
Loads and unloads freight trucks, containers and rail cars.
Truck Driver's Offsider
Loads and unloads trucks and containers.
Specialisations: Furniture Removalist's Assistant
Waterside Worker or Stevedore (also called Wharf Labourer)
Transfers cargo between ships and other forms of transport or storage facilities.