Material Handler Day Shift

Windom, Minnesota
Salary DOE
Mar 08, 2018

The individual should be familiar with and capable of using various types of lifting equipment. A material handler is also required to perform other miscellaneous tasks, as supervision deems necessary.



• Reads and interprets blueprints and machine drawings to determine specific material requirements.

• Determine which process should be used for moving raw steel or finished product in any given situation.

• Use a variety of hand tools and machines.

• Be able to drive any type of forklift.

• Be able to safely rig a load for lifting.

• Maintains work area in a neat and clean condition.

• Observes all safety rules and regulations.

• Performs necessary maintenance and repair on some equipment used. 

• Be able to move parts in and move finished product out of work areas.


EQUIPMENT USED TO PERFORM JOB:  Cutting torch, hand grinders, hand tools, belt sander, forklifts, overhead hoist, hand trucks, band cutters, ear plugs, eye protection, safety shoes, protective clothing.



• Day shift is 8 hours, night shift is 10 hours

• Stand-frequent-continuous, up to 6 hours (day shift) and 8 hours (night shift)

• Walk-frequent, up to 4 hours (day shift) and 6 hours (night shift)

• Sit-continuous (operating forklift)

• Lift to/from floor-up to 50 lbs. occasional (components), 10 lbs. frequent (components)

• Lift overhead-up to 20 lbs. rare (components), 15 lbs. occasional (components), 10 lbs. frequent (components)

• Lift waist level-up to 50 lbs. occasional (components), 30 lbs. frequent (components)

• One or two hand carry-up to 30 lbs. for 5 feet occasional (components), heavier items are moved with a hoist

• Push/pull-53 lbs. force (total 105 lbs. force) to initiate large A-frame cart with two employees, up to 38 lbs. force (total 75 lbs. force) to initiate movement of loaded carts with two employees, occasional

• Elevated work (reaching)-frequent (forklift operation)

• Twist-occasional (while seated in forklift)

• Bend-frequent (check materials on shelves and in bins)

• Squat-occasional (check materials on shelves)

• Kneel or crouch-occasional (check materials)

• Stair climb-frequent, mezzanine, two steps in/out of forklift at 13-1/2” and 15” heights

• Step ladder-rare (check on a shelf to locate stock)

• Balance-occasional, climbing in/out of forklift, walking around machines and components

• Manual dexterity-frequent (manipulating forklift)

• Firm grasp-occasional (banding materials, band cutters)


Lifting >50 lbs. is performed by 2 employees or mechanical assistance is required.



            Rare                 1-5% of day

            Occasional       6-33% of day

            Frequent          34-66% of day

            Continuous      67-100% of day



• May be inside 40-60% of day, outside 40-60% of day, temperature exposure may be 70-100 F. inside near ovens, and outside varies between -20 to 100 F+ with high humidity in summer

• Confined spaces-slight, between shelving

• High elevations-moderate, on truck beds

• Moving objects-severe, forklift, trucks

• Noise level-moderate

• Slippery surface-severe, wet floor, ground may be icy, snowy, sand/dirt on floor dragged in on forklift tires

• Vibration-slight, on arms with hand tools; moderate, on spine while operating forklift

• Air pollution-slight, dust, welding smoke, vehicle exhaust fumes



• Near vision, far vision, and depth perception-significant

• Color discrimination-minimal (color coded bar stock)

• Hearing sensitivity-significant (two-way voice radio communication)


PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT:  Eye protection, safety shoes, protective clothing, winter clothing/gloves, and ear plugs.



• Forklift certificate

• Need to be able to read instructions and prints.

• Must be able to measure material.


*Each employee should be aware that changes in this job description could occur at any time.  Also, this job description is not to be considered or construed to be a contract of employment.

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