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June 29 , 2006

Competitors needed for Spokane Forklift Rodeo

TUMWATER —Professional forklift drivers in eastern Washington are invited to compete July 29 in a forklift rodeo at Spokane Community College. Those who place first, second and third will win prizes ranging from $100 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 Pasco, Spokane and King County – will compete in the 9th Annual Forklift Rodeo at the 55th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane on Sept. 27.

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 360-902-5591 or 888 451-2004 (TDD users: 360-902-5797). Entry fee is $40. There is no admission charge for spectators.

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413 or nele235@lni.wa.gov, or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.LNI.wa.gov/News.

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Professional forklift drivers in eastern Washington are invited to compete July 29 in a forklift rodeo at Spokane Community College. Those who place first, second and third will win prizes ranging from one hundred dollars to three hundred dollars. The top five individual qualifiers from each of three regional competitions – in Pasco, Spokane and King County – will compete in the forklift rodeo at the 55th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane on September 27. You can learn more by calling 360-902-5591 or by visiting going to www.LNI.wa.gov/safety.

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