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Winners of the Australian Forklift Challenge announced

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article image First place winner in the Toyota Forklift Challenge, Daniel Bunter, accepts the award from TMH WA branch manager Lance Cross

Safety was the most important message delivered at the recent Toyota Forklift Challenge at Perth's Market City.

The grand finale at the Perth Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Markets in Canning Vale saw forklift operators competing for prizes while raising awareness of the importance of safety in the workplace.

Ten contestants were required to navigate a course designed to simulate a range of activities typical of a forklift driver's normal working day. The drivers were awarded points for displaying safe forklift driving habits while negotiating the course, rather than speed.

Daniel Bunter from Smiths Enterprises took the top spot and a $500 Coles/Myer gift card while Tristan Hill, also from Smiths, came second and collected a $250 gift card. Laurence Thompson of Fresh Express stood third and received a $100 gift card.

Perth Market Authority CEO Stephen Ward commented that the Perth Market Authority was pleased to host Toyota's Safety Forklift Challenge, describing it as a great initiative from Toyota to encourage safe forklift practices at the market. He was very pleased to see so many forklift drivers and tenants supporting this safety awareness initiative and participating in the event.

Toyota Material Handling WA branch manager Lance Cross explained that the competition was a practical way to get the safety message across in the right environment. He adds that the event’s objective is to get the drivers thinking about workplace safety and how it applies to their everyday working lives.

Toyota Forklift Challenge contestants used the Toyota 8-Series 8FG18 counterbalance fork lifts in the final.

Key features of Toyota's versatile 8-Series include Automatic Fork Levelling Control to level the forks during loading; ergonomically designed controls; smooth, quiet operation from the Toyota engine; and exclusive System of Active Stability comprising the advanced Active Swing Lock Cylinder, which can help improve forklift stability and reduce the potential for lateral tip-overs.

Entry to the Perth Markets Toyota Forklift Challenge was through the submission of an entry form containing questions regarding safe forklift driving habits. The top 10 entrants then moved to the practical round held at the markets.

Both the questionnaire and practical round were overseen and judged by workplace training course provider TCE Training.

Toyota Material Handling Australia stocks the full range of Toyota fork lifts as well as several warehouse and material handling equipment. 

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