National Grid Crowns Champion Of 2016 Forklift Rodeo

By Virginia Limmiatis

This is an official news release.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Tom D’Agostino has been crowned the champion of National Grid’s third annual Forklift Rodeo competition, held today at the company’s Henry Clay Boulevard facility.  D’Agostino of Kirkville, N.Y. works in the company’s Henry Clay Boulevard warehouse. He achieved a perfect score, finishing the day without a single penalty.

The Forklift Rodeo pits winners of regional competitions across National Grid’s service areas in New York and New England in a friendly competition designed to promote proper forklift operation and workplace safety.

“At National Grid the safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority,” said Melanie Littlejohn, upstate New York regional executive director at National Grid. “The Forklift Rodeo is a fun and engaging way to help raise awareness on proper forklift operation and safety. Today’s event is another tool through which National Grid continues to provide critical training on safety in the workplace.”

Seven regional finalists were timed and judged on proper forklift operation practices in a series of four agility and obstacle courses. The events were not races, but rather demonstrations of safe forklift-handling maneuvers with penalties incurred if participants exhibited unsafe driving methods.

Other finalists include:

Second place, Brian Patenaude Sutton MA warehouse

Third place, Shane Waldron – Sutton MA warehouse

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, an estimated 34,900 forklift accidents occur each year on worksites and cause significant injuries that prevent individuals from working, in addition to product and property damage. Most forklift accidents are the result of operator error or unfamiliarity with correct forklift operations and misuse of the machinery.



(L-R) Tom  D’Agostino of National Grid’s Henry Clay Boulevard warehouse in Liverpool, N.Y. receives the trophy for 2016 Forklift Rodeo Champion from Sergio Lopez, Acting Director of Inventory & Warehouse Management, and Randy Rotermund, vice president of U.S. Procurement at National Grid.


Second place finalist, Brian Patenaude – Sutton, MA warehouse


Third place finalist, Shane Waldron – Sutton, MA warehouse

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