Lots of Near Misses
Since there were a couple of people visiting the facility that day, watching from the sidelines could prove interesting. A truck had just come in with some cargo. There were workers unwrapping each of the pallets and forklifts waiting seconds for them to finish. Once they did, the forklifts went into action. Each picked up smaller amounts from the broken-down pallets and were racing to put them away. Some of the workers were rearranging the remaining cargo as they were going right back out to a new destination.
As much as you’d like to believe it to be controlled chaos, it was simply chaos. There were multiple times when a forklift needed to swerve in a different direction due to an oncoming forklift. Or the forklifts were so close in passing, you naturally turned away thinking, “this time they will hit.”
That was just the trucks. Add on the racking systems, product staged on the floor, pallets and a brave few pedestrians who decided that it would be a good idea to walk outside of the pedestrian lanes. Good luck!