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General Laborer

New Brighton, MN

JOB PURPOSE:
 
The purpose of the Laborer is to assist the Framer in accurately setting the “face” of the poles, precisely and accurately drilling the proper holes, and placing the necessary gains. In addition the Laborer will do the proper ground line preparation, as well as attaching identification tags on the utility poles. The Laborer is also available to assist the other employees with any physical tasks associated with the operation of the pole yard and treating plant.
 
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
 
  • Shaving with a drawknife, any areas missed by the mechanical shaver, and problem spots or repairing damaged spots on poles and other products.
  • Measuring and marking properly the locations of the gains, holes, tags and other associated parts of poles and other products.
  • Measuring ground lines, tops, knots of poles and other products for compliance with ANSI, AWAP, ASTM, REA grading standards.
  • Properly identify any defects, limited or prohibited, and apply the proper grading rules per ANSI, AWPA, ASTM, REA standards.
  • Drilling the holes with precision and accuracy per the framing instructions of the customers.
  • Performing the proper groundline preparation on poles that require it.
  • Install any and all associated markings per the customers’ specifications, including but not limited to; star locks, marking tags, specialty tags, burn brands, balance points.
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned by Management.
Hazardous Waste Management duties:
 
If you are assigned a job that requires you to be involved in hazardous waste relate duties, you must also read, understand, and sign the "Hazardous Waste Management" Team addendum. The addendum describes specific duties, policies, and training requirements that are in addition to your regular job description. If you have not signed off on this job description and received the hazardous waste training you are not authorized to perform any duties related to hazardous waste management.
 
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Education:
High School Diploma or equivalent.
 
Experience:
 
 Working in an outdoor environment in variable weather conditions.
 
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
 
  • A strong familiarity with and practical knowledge of the ANSI, REA and AWPA specs as they relate to utility poles and associated products.
  • Ability to accurately and precisely read a tape measure.
  • Ability to precisely and accurately drill framing holes and groundline preparation as directed.
  • Ability to climb on, over and around poles and pole piles.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Should have good communication skills.
  • Must be fluent in English.
  • Must have legible handwriting.
  • Must successfully complete Bell Lumber & Poles hazardous waste management training.
  • Ability to safely use all powered and hand tools required to complete the proper framing as related to the customer’s specifications.
  • Safety – must be able to properly use and maintain all PPE associated with this job.
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms and is occasionally required to sit, talk and hear, and to use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee will frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, infrequently lift up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics are best defined as an outdoor environment with exposure to elements such as heat, cold, precipitation, wind. Employees will have moderate exposure to noise as heard in pole production yard, including exposure to higher noise levels associated with power equipment. Employee will have light exposure to the chemicals and solutions used in treating wood. The job may occasionally require overtime.