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Bizarre photo

Post by Phil White » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:16 pm

Every month I translate a column about securing loads on trucks. Accident reports or reports from inspections and so on.

Just before Christmas, they publish some of the more humorous and bizarre ones. I just got the Christmas specials from December to translate (yes, I know).
The picture for this one is priceless:

http://www.tis-gdv.de/tis/foto/2017/wei ... 12_x03.htm
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Post by tony h » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:10 am

Dear Phil, this reminded me of an incident when I was working on a logistics project. There was a project meeting, for the benefit of the client's key directors at a factory in Ashby de la Zouche. One of the key subjects was a report on the progress in getting a "balanced loading" algorithm to work.

A balanced load is one in which the 32 or 40 pallets were distributed such that the load was balanced so that the trailer would not be at risk from overturning. And would continue to be so after each drop off on the vehicle's journey. After much debate and technical discussion, I could see the chairman's eyes diverting to the clock more and more frequently. He clearly had a reason to leave - after all tea and crumpet don't stay hot for long.

An executive decision was made - no built in balanced loading algorithm. A clatter of files closing, a rush for coats and brollies and the door opens. Miss Magstone, a rather severe woman, enters to announce, "There has been an incident. One of the factory vehicles has overturned and spilled its load just by the car park entrance so it will be a couple of hours before we can get anyone out of the car park."

The minutes noted that work on a balanced loading algorithm was continuing.
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:53 am

Thanks Tony, that was a good story nicely told. :)
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