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Deb Carson

Fork-Lift Operator

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"It's just a little one - a Tonka toy - a three tonner," says Deb Carson of her fork-lift. Deb has eight years experience under her belt, so has driven fork-lifts of all sizes. But despite calling her fork-lift a toy, Deb explains that the job is no game.

She says that the key to being a good and safe fork-lift driver is patience and experience. "The best way to learn is to spend time with someone who has a lot of driving experience. There's a lot more to it than people think; there are a lot of little tricks to learn. And you have to know your fork-lift really well to drive safely.

"You learn to think 10 steps ahead of yourself. If you don't know exactly where you're going with your fork-lift and how you're going to get there, you'll end up in a place where you don't want to be and get stuck. You've got to pre-think what you're going to do."

Deb gets a lot of opportunity to meet people though her varied role; she splits her time between fork-lift operating, and re-packing and delivering stock. "I've always enjoyed fork-lift driving, but it's good not having to sit on one all day, everyday - it's nice to walk around and use my legs too."

Like any job, Deb says it is important to have the right attitude; "You've got to be happy because in a big place like this you soon get to know everyone because you're driving everywhere."

Working as part of a team to achieve daily goals is also a satisfying part of Deb's job. "We have a certain amount to do every day and then we may get other products coming in as well, so what we try to do is get everything done for that day. Once everything is done, it's nice and clear for a little while and you feel really good."

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