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Forklift Rodeo teaches safety

June 24, 2004

Albany - A forklift looks like it would be fun to drive, but it can also be dangerous.

The Marine Base in Albany has nearly 290 industrial type trucks that haul supplies and equipment. As a fun way to teach safety, the fork lifts have taken to the obstacle course.

It's a rodeo, but instead of horses you have a forklift. For the first time ever, marines and civilians competing in a fork lift rodeo. Staff Sergeant Herbert Kennedy says, "It's a big rivalry and it's a lot of fun, a lot of fun."

A fun, but serious, three course obstacle. Starting out with a heavy chore, lifting and maneuvering a more than 2,200 pound block of cement.

The driver then goes for a spin, weaving in and out of imaginary boxes, making sure they can control the machine in small spaces.

Now, for the tough part, getting the forklift to make a 90 degree turn while staying between the lines.

It's a great way to bring home forklift bragging rights, but also touch up on safety too. Kennedy adds, "It's a strong way to enforce, in a fun way, OSHA regulations and base regulations."

Making sure MCLB workers, whether civilian or military, don't get injured while on the job.

In the United States, tens of thousands of fork lift drivers are injured every year.

posted at 5:10PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com