Teh Squeaky Wheel
Well, not a totally horrible Monday morning; I was able to get here. Yay!
Apparently even Israeli flags are imbued with spooky, eeeevul Joooo powers, as witness this Quds Day attempt to burn one in Iran:
Got lots to do; BBL (assuming the intertubes permit that).
And no lasers from space involved.
This helped make my day. Thank you. It does take a special kind on intellect to light a flag on fire and then hold it upwind. Obviously a Jewish plot!
I saw a li’l flash there. It could have been a joooooish space laser, I guess.
Funny. RIP laughing meme guy by the way. I heard he passed recently.
Toad-ay is Monday? Well, let’s hop to it, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!
I guess they don’t teach ‘stop, drop, and roll’ in Iran.
Good morning, GN -- happy Monday, Fatwa and Paddy. Back to work -- not much else going on.
Hai, Paddy and Sven!
Speaking of same, I find it vexing that Marjorie Taylor Greene has become a new GOP darling in some circles because “she fights”. Gaaaaaaah!
Heh, redux. Flag Boy’s new nickname ought to be “Burnie”. 👿
Gonna go have another vehicle inspected at PMK’s shop today. (Don’t know if I mentioned that I opted not to have the one I took there last Friday inspected because reasons. Glad the place I picked it up from was so close to teh garage.)
I hate the car shopping process…but am very grateful to have a trusted place to take ’em.
After losing a House seat, the story of California’s declining population and mass exodus has been making the rounds. I mentioned a month or so ago that teh bestest place ever had decided to fully embrace the remote workforce as their new norm. Since then, I’ve heard that four executives are packing up and leaving CA: two vice presidents and two directors. One to Idaho; one to Arizona; one to Texas; and one to Florida. And those are just the ones I’ve heard about.
Notice anything about the destinations?
These aren’t just grunts -- at a guess, these are people all making mid-six figure salaries.
Checking in. Just saying hi.
Today I got a lesson on the Forklift at work. And, while I understand the mechanics and methods of forklift operation, I have never been behind the wheel of one until today.
Spent countless hours in forklifts, and trained/qualified many people in them. I used to set up a tight course outside with pallets of empty broken down boxes. The new students sweated them but they were much safer when I let them operate in the warehouse around people. The training set was safe and they could not damage anything breakable. I made safe drivers, we never had an accident after I was in charge. (ever seen how fast a broken off copper waterline can flood a place while people run around trying to find the shutoff to the building? Happened when I was new there and “training” just meant showing a guy the controls. When I took the manager position there I made and implemented a safety program first thing. The workman comp claims dropped so much the carrier called the front office and asked what had changed.
Be safe, my friend. Those are extremely useful but can be very dangerous, especially if you are working around people.
Hi dv8 (and Harper!)!
I first operated a forklift when I was in high school. I’d work summers at a company that a friend’s dad owned. At first it was just lifting pallets of stuff of the floor and moving them somewhere else. Later it was moving pallets of goods to be shipped from the shipping area out to the shipping company’s truck. Oh, the shipping area was upstairs, where the assembly operations were. As a young kid, that was kind of scary, trying to line up the forks with the pallet ten feet above your head, raising it up, then backing away slowly, while turning to miss the back wall of the building. About the time you completed the turn, you were almost too late to lower the pallet before crashing into the overhead door hardware. No, I never hit it, but I watched lots of other people knock the door off it’s track -- then have to tell the boss what they’d done did.
Later, I operated one of those stand-up, warehouse style forklifts where the forks could extend. Did. Not. Like. The steering wheel was shaped like a capital “D” with a knob on it and it seemed like you could make at least three full revolutions in either direction. I never could tell which way the wheels were pointing until I got moving.
Training? “You’ve seen other guys do this? Do the same.”
I never drove one of the standing units, but I drove three wheel and four wheel, LPG and electric. I worked with pallet racking so I had to learn the overhead work, and at one job I filled orders in a forklift so I had to move around the warehouse quickly. Training there was like you describe. I loaded and unloaded trucks as well so that had it’s tricks. My training setup required being able to maneuver in tight spaces, often needing to shorten the rig by raising the forks and tilting back, without dumping the load. Once they could do that with confidence I took them inside and we started working high with me making sure they always watched where they were going. Nobody could move or use the forklift until I cleared them.
That’s the way to do it, Mac.
I remember the first time I unloaded a skid from a truck and ended up putting a pallet on the warehouse floor. Or the time the dolly magically turned into a hand truck.
I also remember the time the UPS driver was transferring boxes from the pallet to his truck. After picking up several boxes that were about twice the size of a case of copy paper -- but weighed maybe two pounds -- he grabbed a small box. It was probably about 7 inches on a side. His body turned to throw it in the truck, but his hands came away empty. The box was filled with lead shot and weighed 50 lbs. Yeah, we had a good laugh about that one.
Easy to get hurt that way. I knew the UPS drivers were under crazy pressure to make time. Never wanted their job.
I got them to spend thousands of dollars on safer equipment for the warehouse. They balked at first but we saved about $20,000.00 a year just on workman’s comp insurance premiums because of the drop in injuries. Made it easier to convince them after that. Too many managers think they can’t afford safety.
Very interesting. I’m mostly operating it while noone is there. And for most everything, I use a pallet jack. But We have a new printer (as we stopped printing our own paper shortly before I started working there) and their drivers are NOT allowed to use OUR forklift, the last guy (from Flagstaff) used the forklift when it was necessary.
Now our papers are coming from deer valley. (kinda north Phoenix) they have different rules. They will probably be using a van of some kind and the papers will be on a palette most of the time. So I may have to unload it using the forklift, I guess. I guess, I’ll find out tonight.
I think the trick for most operators was learning to handle and use the tilt. It is the key in so many situations and gets so many in trouble.
If I recall, Jerry had a funny story about driving a forklift in some faraway land.
I would love to hear/see that.