WorkSafe Saskatchewan launches video contest; Encourages safety in the workplace
Young workers under 25 are at the highest risk for being injured on the job in Saskatchewan. More than 6,000 young workers are injured on the job each year. WorkSafe Saskatchewan hosts the annual Youth Video Contest for Saskatchewan students in Grades 9 to 12 to help students learn more about workplace safety.
The contest’s theme ‘It’s your job’ makes young people aware that they have rights and responsibilities in the workplace, just like all other workers. Asking the right questions and being aware of the hazards around them can save their lives and the lives of others.
“The contest encourages students to learn about and promote safety in the workplace,” says Brad Compton, Account Manager with the WCB. “Using their creativity, students get important safety messages out to their peers. By taking ownership, we hope the message stays with them.”
Students must create a 2-minute video illustrating their vision of ‘it’s your job’. They can promote their videos and the contest using the hashtags, #ItsYourJob, #MissionZero and #YVC2016.
There are student and school prizes for the top three videos:
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The first-prize winner will advance to the national contest. A Saskatchewan team has won National Fan Favourite for three consecutive years, earning each team an extra $1,000. View the 2015 first-place winner and national fan favourite ‘A Second Thought’, submitted by Joel Kereluke and Luke Halyk from Foam Lake, SK:
Contest deadline: Friday, March 18, 2016
Most youth injuries occur in July and August and more than half of all injuries occur in the hospitality, retail, construction and manufacturing industries. The most common injuries are to hands, backs, legs, arms and eyes. Of the 100% of injuries:
- 46% are cuts, strikes or burns to the hands
- 17% are back injuries that occur from over-exertion when lifting, climbing, reaching and twisting
- 15% are sprained, strained or broken legs
- 11% are cuts, sprains or strains to the arms
- 10% are eye injuries caused by chips and splinters
Tragically, on average, 3 young people die on the job in Saskatchewan each year.
Saskatchewan legislation requires that youth 14 and 15 years of age complete the Young Workers Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) before starting work. For information, or to complete the YWRCC, visit http://www.worksafesask.ca/training/online-courses/young-worker-readiness-certificate-course/.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Social Marketing
Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board