West Fraser was an awesome place to work.
We would usually start out by locking out the veneer line, blowing down the dirt, dust, and debris with an air hose. Afterward we would break up into groups and go to clean up the hog, sawmill, bucking line and bucking line basement, and anything else that needed some work done on it.
It was a very team oriented place to work, while still allowing people to work on their own. An example would be that we would break up into groups of 2 or 3 to clean out the veneer line. So, we would all be working on the same line, but each of us would have a separate task and usually be quite far away from each other.
Some of the West Fraser mills had blown up, because the small sawdust is just as flammable as gasoline, so we had to use air hoses that got a water hose hooked up to them. Altogether those hoses weighed about 50-60 lbs, so holding them up for long amounts of time turned out to be quite the challenge.
The pay and benefits
The hours - 10:30pm to 7:00 am = no social life