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Auburn to host final regional forklift rodeo competition

Aug. 13, 2010

TUMWATER – Professional forklift drivers in Western Washington are invited to Boeing’s Auburn facility, 2400 Perimeter Road, on Aug. 21 for the third and final qualifying forklift rodeo before the statewide competition next month.

The first two competitions were held in Richland on June 19 and in Spokane on July 17.

The top five winners from all three events will compete in the 13th Annual Forklift Rodeo to be held at the 59th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane on Sept. 29 and 30, an event that is co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

The forklift rodeos typically draw the best forklift drivers from around the state with the Western Washington competition often filling up quickly with competitors. The rodeos have a limit of 30 drivers.

The competing forklift drivers must first pass a written exam and inspect a forklift before going on to the obstacle course, completing several tasks that include moving pallets, lengths of pipes and cartons, and driving backwards through a slalom course.

The top seven drivers in the regional competitions earn cash prizes ranging from $50 to $300. In the finals, prizes range from $100 to $500 for the top five drivers.

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

Last year’s individual winners included drivers from Boeing and VersaCold, a cold-storage warehousing and distribution firm.

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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 Western Washington to compete Aug. 21 in the final regional qualifying forklift rodeo to be held at the Auburn Boeing facility at 2400 Perimeter Road. Two previous qualifying competitions were held in June and July. Winners from all three events go on to compete in the 13th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 59th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference, being held this year in Spokane on Sept. 29 and 30. For more information call 1-888-451-2004 or visit www dot wa gov conf dot org.

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