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July 16, 2008

Competitors needed for King County forklift rodeo

TUMWATER – Professional forklift drivers in the King County area are invited to compete Aug. 23 in a forklift rodeo at the Kent Space Center in Kent. The top seven drivers will win prizes ranging from $50 to $300.

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 Kennewick, Spokane and King County – will compete in the 11th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 57th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane Sept. 24. The conference is co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

Competitors will test their abilities in a written exam, pre-use inspection of a forklift, and an obstacle course. Applications are at www.Lni.wa.gov/safety/traintools/GovConf 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.


For media information: Xenofon Moniodis, 360-902-6458.


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