We left the office at about 9 after loading all the points we needed into our controllers. Got to the Walgreen's that's in progress in my hometown at about 9:20, had to use a few different control points to get the curb and gutter construction staking done. At about 1:00 I had to set a temporary control point and my Total Station near where the brick layers were working. I needed to shoot and stake an approach to the parking lot and all of the other lines were blocked by scaffolding or construction trailers. I set the point, put up a tripod, set three cones around the base and parked my work pickup next to it so nobody would mess with it. 30 seconds after I'd set up my $40,000 Trimble unit, I heard a backup beeper and thought nothing of it. I looked up and one of those beefy crab steer forklifts (forget what you call them) was about to back over my setup. I screamed and hollered but the driver didn't hear or see anything...including the pickup. He knocked over the total station and crunched the pickup bumper. The total station wouldn't even turn on after that, the bumper and grille on my work pickup are smashed, and they fired the guy on the spot. I was pretty pissed but the guy losing his job? Insurance is gonna buy us a new total station and front end, they were hounding him to move faster...and I kinda feel bad. I might have been able to shoot all the points they needed for the day from my old setup but I wanted to get it totally done...and I pretty much cost the guy his job... The guy that fired him said something about how it could have been a person he backed over but wow, I feel like an ass. This beer's for you forklift driver. I hope I see you again so I can apologize for the **** trip of a day you had.