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April 22, 2002

Drivers needed for Forklift Rodeo regional competition

TUMWATER - Professional forklift operators from across the state will demonstrate their skills this summer during regional qualifying competitions for the 5th Annual Forklift Rodeo. The contests take place in Wenatchee on June 1 and in Seattle on Aug. 17. Those who place first, second and third at the regionals will take home prizes ranging from $300 to $100.

Competitors will test their abilities in the following: a written exam, inspection and an obstacle course. The forklifts to be provided are rated at 5,000 pounds and equipped with automatic transmissions.

The entry fee for the regional competitions is $40. To receive an application, visit the Department of Labor & Industries' Web site at www.LNI.wa.gov/wisha/gov-conf/ (link updated 5/3/02) to print an application or contact Char Alexander at 360-902-5446 or Melodie Hess at 360-902-5415. Call toll-free at 888-451-2004. TDD users can call 360-902-5797.

The top 10 qualifiers from each regional competition will compete in the Forklift Rodeo at the 51st Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference Oct. 30 at the Spokane Convention Center.

The goal of the Forklift Rodeo is to promote safe forklift operation and display the talent of forklift operators. Top championship prizes of $500, $400 and $300 will be awarded to the conference's rodeo winners.

The annual forklift competition is one of the featured events highlighted at this year's conference at the Spokane Convention Center located in Spokane.

The conference offers opportunities for learning the latest tools, technologies and strategies for improving workplace safety and health. The conference program includes panel discussions, blockbuster presentations, trade show exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and more.

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