Work Life

Working in the Yard

Mehaffey Bridge Road in Winter

Crews were removing about 10 inches of snow from the parking lot at the home, farm and auto supply store when I arrived for my shift.

Part of my work was hand shoveling the areas around the dock so trucks could get in to deliver. There was a lot of snow.

Around 1 p.m., a trailer load of “contractor trailers” arrived from the western part of the state. My job was to unload the five-high stacks from the flatbed truck. It is always tricky business and the snow packed pavement made it more so.

This job is a three person team. The truck driver climbs the stacks of trailers loosening tie down straps and securing the ones I’m lifting with a chain to the forklift mast while a trusted associate ground guides. It took three and a half hours to unload trailers into drifted snow around the edges of the parking lot.

It’s all in a day’s work, the most challenging thing I do.

At the end of the process I felt something had been accomplished.

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