and raise you 20.
I am no longer a long haul trucker. I have been offered, and accepted, a position with a local company. We make flooring. If you are standing on the floor, there is a good chance you are standing on a product made by my company. Our plant makes carpet pad, the foam sheets that goes under your carpet. My position is as Receiver, meaning I'm the guy who unloads truck trailers, reloads trailers, and keeps track of where what material is stored on our trailers, and I am the Safety Specialist. I get to run everyone through our training programs, as well as keep all the paperwork for training and work-place accidents. I have been with ******(company name redacted) for a month now, and am very busy. As I type this, I am on my second trip to Dalton Georgia, carpet capitol of the world, for safety training.
On the plus side, when I am not training, I am home each night, even if all that means is "Hey, beautiful, I'm home, I'm beat, what's for dinner - Zzzzzzzz". Average work week has been around 60 hours, since they need me in my reciever roll and driver roll to facilitate production. If the line is working, I am working.
When you walk across your floor, be it carpet, tile or wood, whoda-thunk-it that making flooring is dangerous and even fatal. Due to confidentiality, I can't talk about specific cases in *****(company name redacted), but there have been horrific injuries and even fatalities in this field. Some of these plants are huge, and employ 1300 or more workers. We toured one carpet plant in Dalton that was 35 acres under one roof. To put that into perspective, a soccer pitch is about 1.3-1.5 acres.
As safety specialist, my job is to ensure all safety procedures are followed, and all training is current. At Mohawk our goal is zero recordable injuries. That means, according to OSHA, nothing that require anything more than first-aid. So far, I have seen lots of support from management and administration for this goal, putting safety above production. Even better, this is not just the public line, this is what is talked about in meetings in the company.
So, I am home, and learning my new job and the multiple hats I have to wear. Trying to get caught up and actually play the game again.