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July 8, 2010

Regional forklift rodeo competition comes to Spokane

TUMWATER – Professional forklift drivers in Eastern Washington are invited to the Spokane Fire Department Regional Readiness Complex on July 17 to compete in the second of three regional qualifying forklift rodeos.

The first regional competition was held in June in Richland and the final regional event will be Aug. 21 in Auburn.

The top five winners from each of the three events will compete in the 13th Annual Forklift Rodeo to be held Sept. 29 during the 59th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane, 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 have typically drawn the best forklift drivers from around the state. Last year’s individual winners included drivers from Boeing and VersaCold, a cold-storage warehousing and distribution firm.

Competing 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. Participation is limited to the first 30 drivers who register.

Visit www.wagovconf.org and look in the “special events” 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.

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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 Eastern Washington to compete July 17 in a regional qualifying forklift rodeo at the Spokane Fire Department training center. A final regional competition will be held in Auburn on Aug. 21. Winners from all three events will compete Sept. 29 in the 13th Annual Forklift Rodeo during the 59th Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane. For information or to register, visit www dot wa gov conf dot org or call 1-888-451-2004.

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