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July 1, 2009

Competitors needed for Spokane forklift rodeo

TUMWATER – Professional forklift drivers in Eastern Washington are invited to compete July 25 in a forklift rodeo at the City of Spokane Maintenance Facility in Spokane. 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 Richland, Spokane and Seattle – will compete in the 12th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 58th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma Oct. 7. The conference is co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Competitors in Spokane 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 360-902-4255 or 888‑451-2004 (TDD users: 360-902-5797). For additional information, contact Al Rainsberger at 206-281-3842. Entry fee is $40. There is no admission charge for spectators.

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

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