Tumwater, WA – Forklifts are powerful machines that can be extremely dangerous if not used correctly. They require skill and knowledge to operate safely. Professional forklift drivers have an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise during upcoming regional competitions. The winners of those events will go on to a statewide “rodeo” at the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane this fall.
Eastern Washington drivers are invited to compete June 4 in the regional qualifying forklift rodeo at the Spokane Central Service Center, 905 N Nelson St.
A Western Washington competition will be held Aug. 20 at the Boeing Kent Space Center, 20403 – 68th Avenue S.
The goals of the annual rodeo are to highlight the safety skills and talent of the best operators in the state, and to provide forklift safety education to operators and the general public.
The top eight qualifiers from each region go on to compete at the Forklift Rodeo at the 65th Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference held this year in Spokane on Sept. 28.
Cash prizes are awarded to the top drivers at both the regional and state levels and to the two top teams in each region. Participation is limited to the first 30 drivers who register.
Drivers can register online at www.wagovconf.org/events/forklift-rodeo/. Forms are also available by calling 206-281-3842 or 1-888‑451-2004 (TDD users: 360-902-5797), or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry fee is $40 for competitors.
Spectators are welcome and there’s no admission charge. Regional events feature music, prize drawings, giveaways and food provided by sponsors.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.
Source: WA L&I