Australia is a beautiful place to be. A ton of beautiful scenery and animals.
I for one work at a nature reserve in Australia. I am quite fond of animals. They are my main focus. I got my forklift certificate (find out about that at this site) so I could organize the warehouse where we keep animal food and other necessities.
It all started on a normal Tuesday afternoon last September. I was going about my regular warehouse routine, waiting for my shift to be over. All of a sudden I got a call saying I needed to get to the reserve quickly. Upon arrival I came to realize they needed my help of the disposal of a deceased animal.
The team started steering toward the lagoon. Crocodile? Sure enough they needed help getting rid of a croc. This isn’t as easy as you think it would be, as crocodiles are quite large and can be heavy, too! Well, being the brilliant bloke I am, I suggested we use my forklift to dispose of the beast. At least it could give us enough shelter between the other crocs and myself, and no hands on dirty work. So, me and my mate went and got our forklifts and began our work. Forklifts can carry anything! But, there was a problem.
My forklift was dying right when i got the croc up. This couldn’t be happening! I thought to myself. I exchanged a look with my mate, and just as I got out the lift, it toppled over. So, now we need to clean up a dead crocodile AND my forklift. Maybe I should have let the maintenance man take a look at the forklift. So, my mate and I got the crocodile out of the way, but the job wasn’t done yet!
Like I said before, a forklift can carry just about anything, hopefully even another forklift. My mate and I got the forklift out of the way as well and my mess was finally cleaned up! I was still in trouble, though.
The thing about having a forklift certificate is that you have to know where the limits are, and you HAVE to be safe. Thankfully, in this little Nature Reserve Escapade no body got hurt! But the potential is always there. If my mate and I weren’t working together, either I would have been eaten alive or I could have been crushed. You always have to be safe!
As you can see, a forklift is meant for the warehouse, not moving crocodiles and other forklifts. Forklifts are very expensive as well, and mine was now destroyed, but at least I still have my license handy, which is also expensive(but the forklift more so). I have had a few accidents in my day, and although this one wasn’t particularly funny at the time, hopefully my son and his sons will have a little chuckle over it. Having read this, I really hope that everyone has the brains not to do what I did which could have cost a lot more that just an expensive forklift.
Now, I can ask my boss for a new forklift. And hopefully, he doesn’t cut my pay over this accident. I needed a new lift anyways.
And always remember; “Carry it low, and Drive it slow” Cheers.