Thursday, July 28, 2011

14th Annual Forklift Rodeo

About the Forklift Rodeo
Drivers use expert forklift operating skills to negotiate a fun and challenging driving course that includes various tasks and hazards. Contestants are evaluated on the safe, efficient, skillful and proper completion of the course using accepted forklift operation standards. Register Today!

The 2011 Washington State competition is co-sponsored by the Materials Handling Planning Committee of the Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

Upcoming Regional Competition
August 20
Auburn Boeing
2400 Perimeter Road, Auburn, WA

Regional Competition Day Schedule
9:00 a.m. Registration/Written test
10:00 a.m. Drivers meeting/Course familiarization
10:30 a.m. Driving competition begins

*Bring a lawn chair and sunscreen. Seating may be limited.

2011 Regional Forklift Rodeo Prizes
1st place $300
2nd place $200
3rd place $100
4th place $50
5th place $50
6th place $50
7th place $50

The top five individual competitors from each regional competition will advance to the final competition to be held at the 2011 Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference.

Finals in Tacoma September 28, 2011
Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
1500 Broadway Tacoma, WA

Employers are encouraged to sponsor in-house competitions and send their best drivers. Contact Al Rainsberger for sample rules and course diagrams.
Phone: 206-281-3842 / toll free: 1-888-451-2004

2011 Final Forklift Rodeo Prizes
1st place $500
2nd place $400
3rd place $300
4th place $200
5th place $100

Forklift to be provided at competition site. Forklifts will be provided by the Washington State Forklift dealers in your area. Forklifts are sit-down, propane-powered with pneumatic tires, standard 42” forks, counterbalanced, with a capacity of 5,000 lbs.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Safety Series: 1-hour Webinars

Evergreen Safety Council and The Personal Safety Training Group have partnered to bring you a series of webinars to help keep your employees safer.

These webinars
Will…Improve Employee Awareness & Confidence
Help…Reduce Risk & High Stress Situations
You… Keep Your Employees Safer

Employee Personal Safety
Webinar Date: July 20
Do you feel safe at the office?
It is well known that we drop our guards when in and around familiar environments such as home and the workplace. This webinar reminds employees of the importance of remaining relaxed yet aware of their surroundings at all times.

Topics/Issues Covered include
  • “Condition Yellow” – What is this and why is it so critical?
  • Threat recognition: “Affective” vs. “Predatory” Violence
  • Safety in elevators, parking lots & “fringe” areas

  • Travel Safety
    Webinar Date: July 27
    It will never happen to me. Will it?
    Regardless of how low the probability, most of us are aware that there is some risk involved with travel, whether with the family or on a business trip. These risks range from petty theft to armed robbery and in some cases carjacking, abduction, and hotel room invasions.

    Topics/Issues Covered include:
  • Pre- trip planning, itinerary considerations & hotel room selection
  • Maintaining awareness & focus in unfamiliar and disorienting environments
  • What to do when approached by a stranger & recognizing “set ups”

    Social Media
    Webinar Date: August 10
    Who’s watching you online?
    This webinar gives learners a look into criminal minds and how they leverage online data to plan and execute crime. Criminals almost always pass up on difficult targets for the more vulnerable or “soft target” as they go through their victim selection process. Social media and location-based services often serve to streamline this process.

    Price: $65.00 per 1-hour webinar
    Register online today!
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2011


    Target Zero Teams: 70 Lives Saved in King, Pierce, Snohomish Counties

    Are you one of the 70? Is your spouse? How about your children? Your teacher? Perhaps that nice man who held a door for you last week.

    Any of those could be among the 70 people in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties whose lives were saved since Target Zero Teams hit the streets one year ago. The $6 million demonstration project was launched July 1, 2010.

    “We expected to see a reduction, of course. But this exceeds our expectations for the project,” said Lowell Porter, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. “70 lives in just three counties, in just one year.”

    Of course it’s impossible to know exactly who wasn’t killed. But it is possible to say how many weren’t.

    In each of the five years prior to launching the Target Zero Teams, an average of 203 people died in traffic in the three test counties. In the year immediately following launch, the number dropped to 133.

    The Commission also found that deaths in King, Pierce and Snohomish compared favorably to two similar counties that were pre-designated as control counties for the Target Zero Teams demonstration project. Finally, while traffic deaths are trending down statewide and nationwide, the drop seen in the Target Zero counties is steeper than the general trend.

    “We now believe this high-visibility enforcement strategy is impacting all crashes, not just DUIs,” Porter said. “When police are out in force, drivers tend to slow down and buckle up. That saves even more lives.”

    At the core of the teams are 21 Washington State Troopers and sergeants, augmented by local sheriff’s deputies and city police officers as time and funding permit. The teams patrol in very specific places: areas where drunk drivers have killed in the past.

    During the past year, Target Zero Teams from all agencies have arrested more than 3,400 impaired drivers. But State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste is quick to add that Target Zero is about much more than just making arrests.

    “From day one we’ve said we would measure success by a reduction in fatalities,” said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “These interim results make us think we’re on the right track, and we look forward to final results after another year of hard work.”

    Target Zero researchers use GIS mapping software to record the locations of previous DUI-related fatalities. They also track locations where citizens have reported seeing apparently-DUI drivers. The information is quickly fed back to team sergeants, to help them make rapid, day-to-day adjustments in where to patrol.

    Patrols are not limited to freeways or state highways. Troopers, deputies and officers go where the data leads them. That means state troopers might be patrolling city streets, or city officers on the freeway.

    “This is a great example of what can happen when agencies work together,” said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz. “If you choose to drink and drive, we’re going to find you and arrest you.”

    The demonstration project is funded by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It follows a smaller pilot program in Snohomish County that produced encouraging results.

    At the conclusion of the project, independent researchers will review the numbers and verify these interim results. The Teams, WSP and the Commission are heavily documenting their work. The goal is to create a turnkey planning document that any other police agency can use to create their own version of the program.

    Contact: Mr. Robert Calkins Washington State Patrol (360) 596-4013 Ms. MJ Haught Washington Traffic Safety Commission (360) 725-9879