Push mine cars onto and off mine shaft cages.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cagers do?

Pushes mine cars onto and off mine shaft cage and informs workers when cage is used to carry mine personnel: Pushes or pulls loaded cars off cage at surface and replaces with cars that are empty or loaded with supplies. Pulls empty cars from cage at bottom or intermediate levels of mine and moves onto sidings for distribution and loading. Gives directions to workers in loading of cage to ensure conformance to safety regulations. Signals HOIST OPERATOR with bell or buzzer when cage is to be moved. May load cage with materials and equipment to be lowered into mine. May record number of containers and estimate production weights. May tend automatic elevator. May be designated according to level in mine shaft at which work is performed as Bottomer II; Foot Cager; Head Cager; Top Cager.

Should I be a Cager?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Coal Bagger, Corn Detasseler, Foot Cager, Globe Changer, Grave Digger, Grocery Caddy, Head Cager, Lugger, Scavenger See More

    How to become a Cager

    Most Cagers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9adaac&chl=no+college+%2890%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|||doctorate+%284%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,90,90
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