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Post Reply You did this. Your manager is coming in 3 seconds. What do you do?
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Posted 1/23/18

bemused_Bohemian wrote:

I saw a fork lift operator do the equivalent at 1 of the Coor's Beer Golden, Colorado warehouses about 30 years ago. I arrived 1 day to deliver 264K empty 12-oz aluminum cans fresh from a Missouri factory. That's what a 53-footer will hold. The cans sat on soft cardboard pallet-equivalents in stacks wrapped in shrink wrap from back door to deck. Guy at the warehouse was unloading my rig 2 stacks at a time and spotting the unload nearby. About that time a forklift came over grabbed my accumulation (264 000 cans) stacked at least 20' high and grabbed another group stacked equally high making the total well over 500K cans in 1 haul.

Well, whether the operator was showing off or not he didn't make it to the intended destination in that voluminous warehouse. About midway something happened and all those cans broke from their shrinkwrapped moorings and came crashing down in 1 big heap. What a noise, what a mess. Union shop: he still had a job to my knowledge.

Cans, being unclean now, were compacted, shipped to a contract scrapper for recycling.

Your scenario: as others have posted the structural integrity of that stack system was defective. There is no obvious way 1 person could amass that much damage (barring flying an airplane thru there) through a job-related snafu. Just describe in detail what happened, what you saw. If the manager's worth a damn (s)he'll assess the damage, situation, take control using mini-disaster protocols warehousing organizations follow. If unharmed by the incident you'll likely have to take an on spot drug test, fill out some reports, attend a few interviews with the suits, insurance company investigators.


Well If I had the time to think I might say, "YOU CAN'T PROVE A THING!" Of course the first thing the manager would ask is, "Are you OK?" Then would be accounting for everyone. You are right those warehouse racks are pretty solid and one hit from a lift ain't going to do that. At Amazon you have to report when you hit a rack with a PIT (power industrial truck) . I was working one day with a PIT operator that had been suspended from driving PIT due to hitting a rack that morning. He shut done the lift reported that he hit the rack manger comes and suspends him from driving. Worst case for him was having to start from scratch and be re-trained. By end of shift the manager comes and says he has be re-instated since the the cameras , etc. show he wasn't responsible for any damage and since he followed procedure you get a verbal warning.
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Posted 2/10/18
get ready to have a epic 1 week long battle against his final form
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Posted 2/13/18
well shit man.

Ok. I most certainly will get fired but they wont let me off just like that. I figured they'll charge me with everything I broke there so what to do about it?

first lets hope the wasn't a witness or cameras that recorded it.

If so, id lie and say it just collapsed and almost got me killed.

If not, Id beg for forgiveness and look for a way to still make it look like an accident.
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Posted 2/13/18
"Boss, I told you I wasn't qualified to drive a forklift,"
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Posted 2/15/18
Crawl under the wreckage and act like an innocent victim.
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run.
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