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3 first place winners in student safety video contest

Entrants were challenged to create sharable videos to promote OHS to younger workers
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Co-workers make fun of an individual who is wearing his personal protective equipment in the Safety is Not a Joke video.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has announced the winners of the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest. For the first time, the judges’ scores led to a three-way tie for first place. Each of the winners received $2,000 and their educational institutions received a matching prize.

Kahless Christopher from Windsor, Ont. won for the video titled Training Works, which demonstrates that hazards can be anywhere. Jacob Markham, Etienne Loney, Erik Wiebe, Bennett Sidloski and Meghan Rempel from Winnipeg won for their video titled Safety is Not a Joke, which highlights the importance of not caving to peer pressure. Finally, Braeden Cordero, Markus Cluff, Tamara Jovic from Yellowknife won for their video Workplace Spook, which reminds youth about their workplace rights.

Ten entries were accepted for national consideration from provincial and territorial contests

“I am always impressed by the creativity and insights of our youth and I can’t think of a better way to spread the health and safety word than having the message delivered peer to peer,” said Anne Tennier, president and CEO at CCOHS. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to watch all 10 of the videos produced by these young people. Prepare to be inspired.”

The video contest challenged youth across the country to use their creativity to produce an original video that could be used in social media to illustrate to younger workers the importance of working safely on the job.

The videos entered into the national contest were evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of Tennier, Sarah Wheelan of Threads of Life and Travis McLennon, a previous CCOHS Dick Martin Scholarship recipient. The winning videos were announced and shown at the national launch event for Safety and Health Week in Saint John, N.B. on May 6.

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