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July 31, 2009

Competitors needed for Seattle forklift rodeo

TUMWATER – Professional forklift drivers in the Seattle area are invited to compete Aug. 22 in a forklift rodeo at Boeing Field in Tukwila. 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 test their abilities in a written exam, designated task stations, an obstacle course and against the clock. 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 206-225-5597. Entry fee is $40. There will be an afternoon BBQ and prizes to raffle. There is no admission charge for spectators.

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

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