driver's mate (driver's assistant)

driver's mate (driver's assistant)

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driver's mate (driver's assistant):

Who are they and what do they do? The task of a driver's mate is to aid lorry drivers, especially during loading and unloading of the goods transported.

What are the activities of the job? Loading and unloading lorries, especially individual goods items (logs, boards, tubes etc.), bulk cargo (sand, rubble etc.), goods in sacks (dry mortar mix, dry concrete mix, soil, potatoes etc.) and crated goods (bakery and dairy products, beer etc.) or goods still in their original packing (machines and equipment, furniture etc.) using mechanical aids to handle goods on palettes (bricks, roof covering, bales etc.) - ensuring safe loading methods that will fix the freight so that it cannot move or drop off the lorry - signalling the driver (e.g. driving or reversing into narrow spaces etc.) - removing ice, snow, dirt or remaining material from the lorry.

Where is it done and under what conditions? Mainly on the lorry, at the place of loading or unloading. Contact with dirt of all kinds, possibly with chemicals and varying weather conditions must be expected.

What tools/equipment do they use? Primarily shovels, fork-lift trucks, ramps, transport crates, palettes etc.

What do you need to succeed? You need particularly physical fitness, agility, ability to work in a team, and to respond rapidly to situations. On the job training is sufficient.

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