Work Place pics
Figured I'd share some work pics. Two to be precise. Here is where I do temp work in a 'materials handling capacity'. Said terminology covers a lot of ground.
These are paper rolls used in printing. Books, magazines, stuff like that. We get several 18 wheeler loads of them every day. Each roll usually weighs about 2,300 lbs. On the other side of the rolls are other aisles of rolls. This is one of the wider paths through them. Wide enough for forklifts to zip down. There are some spaces between the stacks wide enough to squeeze into. Sometimes at the end of the space there may be a little alcove where people go to hide. Not supposed to, but humans do stuff like that. Kind of dangerous to squeeze into one of those places though because forklifts race down both sides in both directions and careen around corners and some of the bottom rolls bear collision marks and sometimes when nudged the whole column can shift sideways or even topple one of the top rolls. When you see or hear that happen, run away. Sometimes a bouncing roll can also bring down the next stack, then you have a whole bunch of one ton bowling balls dropping out of the sky and going every which way. You learn to keep one eye on the top rolls when you hear, but don't see the forklift on the other side and also to keep an eye out for a safe spot to dodge big rolling things.
This is a typical parts rack (in the back behind the white crates). We have lots of them scattered about. During the day, two or three times a day really, someone will have to go up one of them and get a replacement part for some press or another. Once upon a time the dream was each press or embossing machine or laminating machine would have it's own parts rack near it. Then they moved the machines and stuff for anything can now be found just about every where except the rack it is supposed to be on. Ideally to get a part you ride a scissors lift up to the shelf you want. However, not only is there a problem there (busted lift), there would in this case be no capability for the lift apparatus to get close. An alternative when a part is on a skid is to use a forklift to get the skid. Again, there may not be enough room. The solution is some person plays Jungle Jim and climbs the shelving to see if the needed part is where it is supposed to be. We will figure out how to get it down after we confirm the needed part is really up there. Could be it is on one of the other shelfs on the other side of the warehouse. :)