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June 10, 1998

Competition looking to round up forklift operators

TUMWATER - Professional forklift operators around the state are invited to compete for prizes in Forklift Rodeo '98, an event intended to promote and encourage the safe operation of forklifts. The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board will sponsor the event in conjunction with the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference in October.

Regional competitions will be held in Wenatchee Aug. 8 and Seattle Aug. 22. The first place regional prize is $300, second place $200 and third place $100. The entry fee is $30. The top ten competitors from those regions will advance to the final competition at the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane Oct. 29. Cash prizes of $500, $400 and $300 will be awarded for first - second - and third-place finishers, respectively.

The competition will include a written exam, pre-flight inspection and obstacle course that will test skills required to maneuver and stack loads. Hyster Sales Co. will provide both Monitrol and Lever 5,000-pound forklifts.

The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference is in its 47th year. It attracts upward of 3,000 safety and health professionals across the state. Alternated between Seattle and Spokane, the two-day conference offers opportunities to learn about the latest tools, technologies and strategies for workplace safety and health. It includes panel discussions, blockbuster presentations, trade show exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and more.

This year's conference will be held at Spokane Convention Center on Oct. 29 and 30.

To get an application for the rodeo, contact Lori Earles at 360-902-5415.  Entries must be mailed by July 31 to compete in Wenatchee and Aug. 14 to compete in Seattle. For more Forklift Rodeo '98 information, call Jim Novel in Seattle (425) 820-2306 or Burt Chestnut in Wenatchee 509-884-9614.

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