JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., will present its 2nd annual Telehandler Skills Challenge during the 2007 World of Masonry/World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Twenty-five contestants will maneuver a rough terrain, telescopic forklift around the course to determine the country's best driver. Eric Roussel, Roussel Masonry, Dubuque, Iowa, drove his vehicle into the winner's circle at last year's event.
Interested contractors must be registered for the World of Masonry/World of Concrete and provide proof of their telehandler training. An entry form appeared in the October issue of MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, page 45. The entry deadline is December 31, 2006. There is no charge to participate.
The entrants may choose from four 6000-lb telehandler models to make their runs: JLG G642A, SkyTrak 6042, Lull 644E-42, and Gradall G642P. The drivers will take the vehicle through a closed course set up to emulate an actual jobsite. The operator will need to display nimble driving skills, lifting and placing precision, overall productivity, and awareness of safety procedures. Scoring will be based on time, accuracy, and safety.
The contest will be presented in two phases. The first round will be held on Tuesday, January 23, at 9:00 a.m. to determine the eight finalists. The second round on Thursday, January 25, at 1:00 p.m. will require the drivers to complete two runs. The contestant's score will be the better of the two.
First prize will be a 42-in. plasma television and a Honda 2500-w generator. The second place winner will take home a Weber grill and an assortment of Omaha steaks, while the third place finisher will receive a Miller welder. All participants will receive a t-shirt and telehandler model, and the eight finalists will get a JLG work jacket.
This event is part of MASONRY CONSTRUCTION magazine's Masons' Challenge series of events that bring together the industry's top tradesmen to compete in activities relative to their trade.