Physically demanding outdoor labour
Loader (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 3 March 2018
I started working at GFL in July of 2017, and it was a new experience for me as it was my first time doing waste management. Days would start at 6:15 with weekly hours ranging from 40 hours to 50+.
I learned how to use my body in an efficient way making lifting heavy object easier and less stressful on the body. I also learned how to operate levers in order to crush garbage, signals directing traffic as well as my driver, and communication skills when explaining or just communicating with residents.
Management was okay as they were always organized in having the job running, but the way it played out sometimes didn't settle well. This didn't create limitations for me but more so longer unnecessary hours.
The hardest part of the job was the elements, as well as the heavy lifting, but both taught me how to work through different environments.
The most enjoyable part of this job was the amount of freedom i had while performing my tasks as i didn't always have someone watching over my shoulder telling me what to do. It was a simple task and they trusted me to fulfill their needs as a co-worker which i appreciated.
outdoors, physically active
long hours, hard on body, unpredictable elements