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Driver and Stacker
Drivers and stackers handle forklifting machines by moving levers and pressing pedals to control the movement of the lifting apparatus. Their role is similar to that of a forklift driver, however they are usually confined to lifting and stacking goods on top of each other.

The machines are usually electrically powered for indoor use and petrol or diesel powered for outdoor use. Indoor machines stack goods no higher than roof or ceiling level of the floor on which they operate. The machine used in outdoor operations is normally a counterbalanced forklift.

The design of the forklift may vary according to the type and size of the materials to be removed or stacked. Forklift machines are used to move materials from loaded pallets, boxes, tow trucks or trailer hitches to a designated point in a warehouse or other storage area.

Drivers and stackers use forklifting machines to: lift the load from where it has been delivered; stack each load to a suitable storage height; and to clear any obstructions.

The work requires precision because the load must be lowered at the correct angle into its exact position. Working hours and conditions depend on the nature of the products and industry.

Satisfying Aspects
- challenging work
- knowing your work is saving time and money
- usually good job opportunities

Demanding aspects
- intense concentration for long periods, so as not to drop loads
- a good deal of energy is required, so the work can be tiring

A driver and stacker should:
- be responsible;
- be patient and have perseverance;
- have good eyesight;
- have good eye-hand coordination as well as good coordination between right and left;
- have manual dexterity;
- be able to judge distances and heights accurately;
- be willing to work shifts.

School Subjects
No specific requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended Subjects: None

Employers offer the following in-service training routine:
- new employees initially accompany experienced drivers so that they can gain an understanding of the whole operation;
- then practise lifting and lowering the forklift device without a load;
- then lift, lower and transport "waste" loads;
- finally they move on to stacking actual loads, starting with smaller loads.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act stipulates that a driver and stacker should be in possession of a certificate of training issued by an accredited organisation.

- freight and transport companies
- such organizations as: Transnet, SA Airways
- building contractors
- harbours
- industries that need to store material

The Employment Officer
SA Airways
Private Bag X1
O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1627
Tel: (011) 921-6911 Fax: (011) 921-6422
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