Old dogs - new tricks!
WHO SAYS YOU can't teach an old dog new tricks? This old dog is still capable of learning new tricks! The photo you see here is a 5-tonne rough terrain forklift truck - and guess who's just been given a licence to drive it?
This is the biggest forklift truck my depot has and to give you some sense of scale those big front wheels are 48'' high.
I passed the test a couple of weeks ago but hadn't actually had an opportunity to put my training into practice - until yesterday that is when I was given the task of loading four articulated lorries with lots and lots of security fence panels (the kind you see around building sites).
Since this was my first real go at using the forklift I was a little bit apprehensive but the lorry drivers were very helpful, giving me instructions like 'Back a bit - stop' , 'Left a bit - stop' and 'That'll do - put them down'.
The whole job took just under an hour and I think I did very well for a first attempt considering I didn't drop anything, no-one got hurt and not once was I instructed to 'Go forth and multiply'!
Image Credit » Kasman