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Packer - Heavy Goods

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At a Glance... header image

Heavy goods packers pack all types of large and heavy items. They may use lifting equipment to move goods like heavy engineering units.

The Work header image

Packers of heavy goods work with items that need to be packed to protect them from damage during transportation. Depending on the product, a variety of packaging is used: boxes, crates, barrels, drums, cases and sacks.  
Packers use all types of lifting equipment, including lift trucks and overhead cranes, to move heavy goods for packing and packed products.  
In some companies, packers work with a wide variety of goods. Others may specialise in packing one type of product.  
Packers may pack heavy engineering pieces such as engines and gearbox units. They bolt the items onto steel frames inside wooden crates. They use hand tools such as hammers and screwdrivers to close the crates. Sometimes packers fix together crates from pre-cut pieces.  
Crates that are to be transported by road, air or sea may need to be built from metal parts for durability and so they do not rust. Packers use compressors to extract moisture from the crates. They may also operate staple guns and tape machines, and use knives to cut packaging material.  
Items such as washing machines and freezers are packed in large sheets of polythene inside strong cardboard boxes with polystyrene pieces to protect the corners.  
Large quantities of liquid, for example, oil, paints and chemicals, may be packed in plastic or metal drums; other products go into barrels. Powder, such as cement, may be packed in sacks or drums. In these industries, packers operate filling machines and use tools to seal the drums, barrels or sacks securely.  
Packers may also have other duties such as labelling crates and checking goods for faults before packing them. Packers may also be required to have a fork lift operator's ticket in order to move goods after packing. More experienced packers may be sent on courses to obtain this ticket.  
Packers may also be involved in the keeping of records and dockets.


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You need good hand skills for packing work and good co-ordination skills to control lifting machines.  
Attention to safety is particularly important when working with heavy goods. You will need to work carefully, to ensure that you and other workers are safe and that packages are secure and safe to transport.  
As a packer of heavy goods you will need to be physically fit and active. The job can be physically demanding, and you can spend a lot of time on your feet. Some jobs involve heavy lifting and carrying. You will need to be aware of the proper procedures for lifting and carrying heavy goods.  
You will need to be methodical and able to work at speed. You need to be comfortable following instructions and doing repetitive tasks.

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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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