Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Not everyday you see a forklift on its side.

Was driving to the airport the other day to bring ice to the friendly skies and there was this forklift on it's side.  Armani, who makes ice and loads trucks was going to take his forklift course so I figured why not take a picture and show him why you need to wear your seatbelt.

If a forklift tips, your first reaction would be to step out on the side it is tipping towards which could end in there being two of you.  The correct procedure is to allow the seatbelt to hold your torso and lower body in place while you hang onto the steering wheel keeping your upper body in place.  Sure the bang will hurt however the bang feels much better than the squish.  Based on the lack of carnage at the scene I would like to believe the forklift operator was well trained and thus was wearing a seatbelt. 

Sadly, having observed many small businesses in my life I can't be certain the person simply did not just get lucky because too many people do not wear seatbelts when driving a forklift.  Apparently in Alberta some find it hard to reach over, grab the seatbelt and connect it.  Probably the same people who need the flight attendant on airplanes to show them how to put on the seatbelt on a plane.  For those who are not familiar with labour law in Alberta, it is actually a finable offence for not wearing a seatbelt.  

I have to shake my head at this because putting on a seatbelt is such an easy thing and it can save your life. You have to be a complete and utter idiot to not wear a seatbelt on a forklift.  Even though there is no cure for stupid, a stupid person generally is smart enough to use a seatbelt.

If you happen to be one of those people who are smart enough to wear a seatbelt while using a forklift then I am fairly confident you can manage to call 780-960-7161 or email ice@columbiaice.ca for all your packaged ice needs.  If you can't figure out how to use a seatbelt, well then the phone or computer will be too complicated for you.  I might suggest buying a blender and sticking your head in it.

The Iceman
Call for ice: 780-960-7161


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