Forklift rodeo coming to Western Washington

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TUMWATER –Professional forklift drivers in Western Washington are invited to Boeing's Auburn Facility on Aug. 20 for the third and final qualifying forklift rodeo before the statewide competition next month.

Already, competitions have been held in Richland and Spokane. The top five winners from all three events compete in the 14th Annual Forklift Rodeo, held at the start of the 60th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma on Sept. 28 and 29.

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

The forklift rodeos stress skill and safety and typically draw the best forklift drivers from around the state. Competitors must pass a written exam and a pre-use inspection of a forklift before competing in an obstacle 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. Participation is limited to the first 30 drivers who register.

To register, visit www.wagovconf.org 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 free of charge.

The competitions are meant to encourage safety among forklift operators and raise awareness of the hazards associated with forklift use.

 

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For media information: Hector Castro, L&I, 360-902-6043.

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The Department of Labor and Industries and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board will hold the final qualifying forklift rodeo at Boeing’s Auburn facility on Aug. 20. The winners from this and two previous regional competitions will go on to compete in the 14th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 60th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma on Sept. 28 and 29. For information or to register, visit www dot wa gov conf dot org or call 1-888-451-2004.

 

 

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