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It's time for the semi-finals of SAFEWork NL's - Who Wants to Save a Life?
Thursday, April 5, 2012


Season Four of the popular youth game show SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life? is entering the semi-final round, with games scheduled for Mount Pearl, Bonavista, Benoit’s Cove and Rocky Harbour.

SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life? is a fast-paced trivia game developed by the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission) to reach youth with occupational health and safety messages.

Over the past four seasons more than 10,000 students and teachers have experienced the game show, with more than 30 junior and senior high schools participating this year.  The final round of competition is scheduled for May 2, 2012 in St. John’s, where over $20,000 in prizes, scholarships and cash prizes for schools are up for grabs.

A semi-final competition will take place today at 10:30 am at the Garrick Theatre in Bonavista and feature Smallwood Academy of Gambo versus Discovery Collegiate of Bonavista.

“Every year, hundreds of youth across our country between the ages of 15 and 24 are injured or killed on the job, many of them within days of starting a new job,” said Commission Chief Executive Officer Leslie Galway.  “Every day in Newfoundland and Labrador, two young workers are injured on the job.  Young people need to be aware of potential hazards in their workplaces.  The Commission’s goal is to help make young workers aware of these risks and empower them to take action.”

SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life? has awarded more than $90,000 in prizes, scholarships and cash for schools over the past four years and is an important component of the Commission’s overall youth prevention strategy. Prevention initiatives and an improving culture of workplace safety in the province have resulted in a 23 per cent decrease in accidents among young workers since 2008, or 200 fewer young worker injuries every year. 

Serving approximately 12,000 injured workers and more than 17,500 employers, the Commission is an employer-funded, no fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and fair compensation to injured workers and their dependents. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Chris Flanagan, Director of Communications
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
Telephone: 709-778-1590 or 709-728-7869 

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