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Pearce Junior High and White Hills Academy win workplace safety game show
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

St. John’s, NL The final games of the season for SAFE WORK NL’s Who Wants to Save a Life? were taped before a live studio audience this week at Rogers Television in St. John’s. Pearce Junior High captured the junior high title and $5,000 for their school.  The five-member team each received an iPad Air. White Hills Academy won the senior high game, with team members each receiving a $1,000 scholarship and $5,000 for their school.  

Competing in the final round for the junior high division were Cannon Richards Memorial Academy of Flowers Cove and Pearce Junior High of Burin. The senior division teams were New World Island Academy of Summerford and White Hills Academy of St. Anthony.  

Exhibition games were also played in the elementary school division between Mount Pearl Intermediate and St. George’s Elementary of Conception Bay South, as well as Virginia Park Elementary of St. John’s and Cape St. Francis Elementary of Pouch Cove. Mount Pearl Intermediate and Virginia Park Elementary emerged as the winning teams.  Each winning school received $500 and the participants each went home with a $100 iTunes card.  

“Congratulations to all students who competed in the game show finals this week, and in the eight games throughout the province leading to this play-off week,” said the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Service NL and Minister responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission).  “Developing a safety culture starts from the ground up.  By instilling the benefits of safety with our youth now, we are helping them to recognize and learn how important safety is so that we are creating the foundation for a safety culture that will remain for years to come.”  

“Young people entering the workforce must be educated on what it means to be safe at work, and the responsibilities they have to ensure their safety and the safety of others,” said the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education. “This is true of any workplace environment, but is perhaps particularly important as we strive to meet the need for skilled tradespeople in our growing economy. Since 2005, over $13 million has been invested, through the Futures in Skilled Trades and Technology program, to develop and implement skilled trades courses and activities at the intermediate and high school levels. This is designed to prepare students for post-secondary studies and training that will help meet the increasing need for a skilled, healthy workforce.”  

“Accidents and illnesses in the workplace affect workers, employers, families and communities. We must all play a role to ensure that every working person in Newfoundland and Labrador goes home healthy and safe at the end of every working day,” added Leslie Galway, the Commission’s CEO.  

SAFE Work NL’s Who Wants to Save a Life? is a trivia game designed to educate youth about workplace health and safety. It was developed and funded by the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, in partnership with the Department of Education.  

The game show will air province-wide on Rogers Television this fall. 

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.

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Media contact:
Carla Riggs, Director of Communications
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission

Junior High Winners - Pearce Junior High, Burin (click on picture for larger view)

Senior High Winners - White Hills Academy, St. Anthony (click on picture for larger view)

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