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    I've got less than ten years to retirement. Is a locator position good for an older worker? I'm not as fast, strong, or good looking as I once was. I probably can't lift 75 lbs, enjoy all kinds of weather, work well with minimum supervision, and walk as a Security Officer 1- 6 miles per 8 hour shift.

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    I am getting up there my self. If you are dependable and willing to work overtime and reduced hours in the winter without a doubt you can do this. Supes like older guys they are for the most part more reliable.

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    If you can do moderate physical work then locating presents no obstacles to you. The hours often are long in the busy season, 10 to 12 hour days, but the physical demand is low. If you can walk, stoop, bend that is most of it. You may have to open a heavy hand hole or manhole lid but you will have some leverage for that. I am the oldest tech in my area and I can do it all. I will work until I die, retirement is for the rich.

    Most of the feeling of fatigue is from job stress, not physical exertion.

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    If locating doesn't work out, you could always be a Walmart greeter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayc View Post
    If locating doesn't work out, you could always be a Walmart greeter.
    Funny. Jayc- You make it out of your 20's yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphbabe View Post
    Funny. Jayc- You make it out of your 20's yet?
    Someone can't take a joke? This from a guy who might remember the '20's.
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    Default Re: Is a locator position for the younger worker?

    Actually, I did think your comment was funny- and something I might have said back in the day- before I couldn't remember my 20s, 30s, and 40s...

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    Depends on the company, the area, the kind of utilities asked to locate... lot of factors in play... that being said, we have a fossil working with us and he does great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphbabe View Post
    Actually, I did think your comment was funny- and something I might have said back in the day- before I couldn't remember my 20s, 30s, and 40s...
    Well, sir, then this is for you:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessionalLocator View Post
    If you can do moderate physical work then locating presents no obstacles to you. The hours often are long in the busy season, 10 to 12 hour days, but the physical demand is low. If you can walk, stoop, bend that is most of it. You may have to open a heavy hand hole or manhole lid but you will have some leverage for that. I am the oldest tech in my area and I can do it all. I will work until I die, retirement is for the rich.

    Most of the feeling of fatigue is from job stress, not physical exertion.

    What kinds of things cause job stress in this position?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphbabe View Post
    What kinds of things cause job stress in this position?
    Working 12-14 hours a day with a huge amount of tickets that have to be done by a certain date/time is probably the biggest, other than that making sure you don't accidentally miss something completely or horribly mismark it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphbabe View Post
    What kinds of things cause job stress in this position?
    As mentioned the pressure to complete a lot of work on time.

    But this industry is based on the Call Before You Dig laws and they were enacted not to prevent damages but to protect human life and safety.

    Miss-mark an electric line and you can kill the person digging on you marks. If not dead any level of burns from flash burned retina, eyes and skin to deep electrical burns that destroy limps. Most of the time a cut electric cable shorts out to the earth but sometimes the current goes through the person who hit the line.

    Gas is perhaps more dangerous that electricity.The person digging on your miss-marked lines could be burned if the leaking gas ignites. If the damage is small and not noticed like from a bore machine the gas can travel through the earth and into a home. Reaches a pilot light or other ignition source and blow the house to pieces, along with whoever is inside. Gas explosions can level an entire block. Most time though the gas just leaks out into the air.

    Miss-mark a communication line, phone or CATV, and someone's 911 call may not go through.

    There is the stress that if you foul up people can be maimed or killed.
    UULC, foefn and second notice like this.

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    PL makes some VERY good points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessionalLocator View Post
    As mentioned the pressure to complete a lot of work on time.

    But this industry is based on the Call Before You Dig laws and they were enacted not to prevent damages but to protect human life and safety.

    Miss-mark an electric line and you can kill the person digging on you marks. If not dead any level of burns from flash burned retina, eyes and skin to deep electrical burns that destroy limps. Most of the time a cut electric cable shorts out to the earth but sometimes the current goes through the person who hit the line.

    Gas is perhaps more dangerous that electricity.The person digging on your miss-marked lines could be burned if the leaking gas ignites. If the damage is small and not noticed like from a bore machine the gas can travel through the earth and into a home. Reaches a pilot light or other ignition source and blow the house to pieces, along with whoever is inside. Gas explosions can level an entire block. Most time though the gas just leaks out into the air.

    Miss-mark a communication line, phone or CATV, and someone's 911 call may not go through.

    There is the stress that if you foul up people can be maimed or killed.
    Well, I'd say that pretty much sums it up.
    I'm sure Murphbabe will be moving on now to something different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphbabe View Post
    I've got less than ten years to retirement. Is a locator position good for an older worker? I'm not as fast, strong, or good looking as I once was. I probably can't lift 75 lbs, enjoy all kinds of weather, work well with minimum supervision, and walk as a Security Officer 1- 6 miles per 8 hour shift.


    Murphbabe

    It sound like you want to ride out your time. Do US all a favor and find another job to do. Most everyone one on here live and breath damage prevention. Someone like you looking to ride out your time DOES NOT belong doing this. We are all Professional's here. If you F*@k up you give us all a bad name.

    Jayc I think he understands what we go through and he is a contractor.

    So find another line of work to finish out your time.
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