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Indian River High principal named 2014 Health and Safety Educator of the Year
Friday, December 19, 2014

St. John’s Mr. Brian Hancock, Principal at Indian River High School, Springdale, has been selected as the 2014 Health and Safety Educator of the Year for his efforts in engaging students in numerous health and safety activities. Mr. Hancock is the fourth recipient of this award given each year by the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission).  

In 2012 he introduced Workplace Safety 3220 to the list of course offerings at the high school, and took on the responsibility of teaching the course himself. Mr. Hancock also leads by example by conducting workplace safety inspections and ensuring that students complete training before using equipment in the Skilled Trades classroom.  

“Mr. Hancock has significantly raised the profile of safety and emergency preparedness among teachers and students at Indian River High School,” says Commission CEO Leslie Galway.  “His commitment to these initiatives is a testament to his belief in the importance of raising health and safety awareness amongst the province’s youth. Young people are the workforce of the future, this foundation will stay with them for years as they progress through their chosen career and continue to use safe work practices.”  

Under Mr. Hancock’s leadership, Indian River High School has also fostered unique partnership with local businesses. For example, Newfoundland and Labrador Vegetation Control Ltd. (NLVC) provides safety training to students for power line hazards, ATV safety and traffic control. In return, NLVC and other local businesses can be assured that students they hire for the summer or after graduation have received certified training.

Mr. Hancock has received a plaque and cash prize of $500. Indian River High School received $500 to purchase safety equipment.

The Commission would like to acknowledge and thank all nominees for this year’s award and encourage everyone to nominate a health and safety conscious educator for the 2015 award. More information is available on whscc.nl.ca.

In addition to the Health and Safety Educator of the Year Award, the Commission supports many youth-oriented programs to promote awareness of workplace health and safety. Other initiatives include SAFE Work NL’s Who Wants to Save a Life? game show, the high school course Workplace Safety 3220, as well as the annual young worker safety video and radio contest.

About the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission

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.   



Carla Riggs
Director of Communications
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
709-778-1590, 709-728-7869 or 1-800-563-9000

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