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Top prizes awarded for WHSCC young worker safety video/radio contest
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Eight students from Holy Heart High School, Marystown Central High School and Appalachia High School win top prizes for their creativity in developing young worker safety video and radio ads.

The winner of the 2015 Safe Work Video/Radio Ad Contest is Ethan Bickford, Devin Kelly and Michael Lawlor of Holy Heart High School, St. John’s. Their video has been forwarded to the national It’s Your Job Youth Video Contest. The winner of the radio contest is Marissa Walsh and Cole Inkpen of Marystown Central High School, Marystown. Each winning entry receives $1,000.

The top 10 entries selected by the judges were entered into a Viewer’s Choice competition where the general public could vote via Facebook for their favourite safety video. The winning entry was created by Halen Pittman, Eric White and Jacob MacDonald of Appalachia High School, St. Georges. They share the $500 prize.

The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission’s (the Commission) annual Safe Work Video/Radio Ad Contest is open to Grade 7-12 junior and senior high school students. The contest encourages students to develop a video or radio ad to create awareness on preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

“Congratulations to every student who entered the contest for taking an active role in learning about and promoting workplace health and safety,” said Leslie Galway, CEO, the Commission. “Knowing how to prevent workplace injuries as you enter the workforce creates the foundation for safe work habits that will protect you and your co-workers throughout a long, healthy career.”

The Top 10 video finalists can be viewed on the Safe Work NL YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/user/safework.nl. The winning video will air on Rogers Television. The winning radio ad will be re-recorded and aired on radio stations throughout the province.

Continuing to focus on education and awareness of workplace safety for young workers is working. The 2014 injury rate among those aged 15 – 24 years remained steady at 1.5 per 100 workers, which is lower than the provincial injury rate.  

The Commission supports many young worker safety programs which promote awareness of workplace health and safety. Other initiatives include the trivia game show SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life? as well as the high school course Workplace Safety 3220.

Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and more than 19,000 employers, the Commission is an employer-funded, no fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers fair compensation to injured workers and their dependents.


Media Contact:
Carla Riggs
Director of Communications
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
Telephone: 709-778-1590

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