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Students energized to compete at the final showdown of SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life?
Tuesday, May 17, 2011


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2011  

St. John’s, NL – Season three of the high energy youth game show SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life? is entering the final round of competition, with $25,000 in scholarships, prizes and cash for schools up for grabs. Set for the Gander Arts & Culture Centre on Thursday May 19, 2011, the finale will feature Templeton Academy of Meadows versus Tricentia Academy of Arnold’s Cove in the senior division.  In the junior division, Clarenville Middle School will play Menihek High School of Labrador City.

SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life? is a prevention initiative of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission). The game show reaches the province's junior and senior high school students with key messages about occupational health and safety, injury prevention and the rights and responsibilities of young workers.  It was developed in partnership with the Department of Education.

“Preventing injuries in our workplaces is everyone’s responsibility,” says the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, and Minister responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission. “The Commission and the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Department of Government Services work to foster a commitment to workplace health and safety throughout our province. It is paramount that we continue to enhance the education and awareness of young workers to strengthen our culture of safety so that everyone arrives home safely at the end of each working day.”

“Engaging young workers in effective prevention programs is one of our top priorities,” said Leslie Galway, the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer. “Young workers often are at high risk on the job, and the riskiest time period at work for a young worker is their first six months on the job. This engaging exercise gives them a leg up on what they need to know in the workplace. It is encouraging to see lower injury statistics over the past three years.”  

“Education and awareness of safe work practices offer an opportunity for our youth and employers to start off with safe work habits and establish a stronger culture of safety for the next generation,” she adds.  

Every day in Newfoundland and Labrador two young workers, aged 15-24, are injured on the job.  Over the past five years, some 5,368 young workers have been injured on the job, and three young workers have died.  The Commission's goal is to empower workers, especially youth, to take action throughout the province and help foster a culture of safety where workplace accidents are unacceptable.  

The game show has reached approximately 8,000 students in the past two years, and this season featured 57 round-robin games at junior and senior high schools throughout the province. Since 2008 the Commission through SAFE Work NL’s – Who Wants to Save a Life? has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships, prizes and cash for schools.  

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Kathy Dicks-Peyton
Manager of Communications and Event Planning
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
Telephone: 709 778-1566 or 1-800-563-9000 

Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
146-148 Forest Road •  St. John’s • NL  • A1A 3B8
Telephone (709) 778-1000 •1-800-563-9000
www.whscc.nl.ca


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