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July 11, 2007

Competitors needed for Spokane Forklift Rodeo

TUMWATER — Professional forklift drivers in eastern Washington are invited to compete July 28 in a forklift rodeo at Spokane Community College. Those who place first, second and third will win prizes ranging from $100 to $300. In all, the top seven drivers will receive a cash prize.  

Employers are encouraged to sponsor in-house competitions and send their best drivers. Participation is limited to the first 30 drivers who register.

The top five individual qualifiers from each of three regional competitions – in Pasco, Spokane and Seattle – will compete in the 10th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 56th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma on Sept. 26.

Competitors will test their abilities in a written exam, pre-use inspection of a forklift and an obstacle course. Applications are at http://www.wagovconf.org/forklift.htm or by calling 360-902-5452 or 888‑451-2004 (TDD users: 360-902-5797). Entry fee is $40. There is no admission charge for spectators.

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For media information: Xenofon Moniodis, L&I, 360-902-6458 or monx235@lni.wa.gov, or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.LNI.wa.gov/News.

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Professional forklift drivers in eastern Washington are invited to compete July 28 in a forklift rodeo at Spokane Community College. Those who place first, second and third will win prizes ranging from one hundred dollars to three hundred dollars. The top five individual qualifiers from each of three regional competitions – in Pasco, Spokane and Seattle – will compete in the forklift rodeo at the 56th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma on September 26. You can learn more by calling 360-902-5452 or by visiting going to www.LNI.wa.gov/safety.

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