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June 11, 2010

Competitors needed for Central Washington forklift rodeo

TUMWATER – Professional forklift drivers in Central Washington are invited to compete June 19 in a regional qualifying forklift rodeo at the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center in Richland.

Other forklift competitions will be held in Spokane on July 17 and in Auburn on Aug. 21. The top five individual qualifiers from each of these three regional competitions will then proceed to the 13th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 59th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference held this year in Spokane on Sept. 29 and 30.

Employers are encouraged to sponsor in-house competitions and the forklift rodeos have typically drawn the best forklift drivers from around the state.

Competitors first successfully pass a written exam and a pre-use inspection of a forklift before going on to the obstacle course.

In the driving competition, the forklift drivers are timed as they negotiate a course that includes a variety of tasks and hazards. Besides moving pallets, lengths of pipes and cartons, drivers in previous rodeos have had to haul large metal trash containers backwards through a slalom course.

The top seven drivers in these regional competitions earn cash prizes ranging from $50 to $300. In the finals, prizes range from $100 to $500 for the top five drivers. Participation is limited to the first 30 drivers who register.

Visit www.wagovconf.org for registration forms or call 206-281-3842 or 1-888‑451-2004 (TDD users: 360-902-5797). The entry fee is $40 for competitors. Spectators are welcome and there is no admission charge.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

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Media contact: Hector Castro, 360-902-6043.

Broadcast version: The Department of Labor and Industries and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board invite professional forklift drivers in Central Washington to compete June 19 in a regional qualifying forklift rodeo at the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center in Richland. Other forklift competitions will be in Spokane on July 17 and Auburn on Aug. 21. Winners from these regional competitions go on to compete in the 13th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 59th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane on Sept. 29 and 30. For information or to register, visit www dot wa gov conf dot org or call 1-888-451-2004.

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