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Worker safety and health conference set for Spokane in September

One of the largest safety and health conferences in the nation is planned for Spokane next month and registration is now open for the event.

The 63rd annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference takes place on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Spokane Convention Center. The event is geared toward workers employers and safety and health professionals. It brings together leading industry experts to deliver a program of cutting-edge education examples of best practices demonstrations and networking.

AGC Safety Director Mandi Kime and Ferguson Construction’s Kerry Soileau are among the presenters.

The Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries sponsor the conference with support from industry partners including AGC. Certified safety professional and motivational speaker Bruce Wilkinson will open the two-day meeting with a keynote presentation. He uses humor and enthusiasm to inspire audiences.

Featured conference events and activities include:          
• Two days of 60-plus industry workshops
• Displays and product demonstrations by more than 80 exhibitors
• Electrical high-voltage demonstration
• 41st annual Pole-top Rescue Competition
• 17th annual Forklift Rodeo
• A pre-conference Occupational Safety and Health Administration course on accident investigation

A $160 advance registration fee covers the two-day conference with special discounts for groups of five or more. Students in a college university or trade program pay only $50.

The 2014 Governor’s Lifesaving Awards will be presented during a luncheon at the conference on Sept. 25. The awards recognize people whose heroic acts saved a life at work. The awards will be presented by KREM 2 news anchor Laura Papetti. People can attend the luncheon separately or as part of the conference. The luncheon costs $25.

To register visit For questions call 360.902.5415 or email TDD users call 360.902.5797. For conference information see

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