There was a forklift and nobody else around. I had used the forklift before a couple of times so thought nothing of it. I maneuvered over to the rack and gently lifted the palate off the top shelf. I backed up with the lift still way up in the air and suddenly there was a massive boom right above me.
I had knocked a huge air conditioner duct loose from the roof and it fell right on top of the cage of the forklift. There is obviously a good reason that forklifts have such a cage. I would have been killed if it had not been there. That was the last time I ever drove a forklift.
There is also a good reason many places require training before you are allowed to use a forklift. Of course this was the 80s and nobody cared about safety back then. That was a 90s thing.