WorkSafe Sask. announces Youth Video Contest winners

Regina, SK –WorkSafe Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Youth Video Contest. Saskatchewan students in Grade 9 to 12 were invited to create a two-minute video with the theme, “Focus on Safety” to help students learn more about workplace safety.

The 2019 Youth Video Contest winners are:

First place: It Doesn’t Just Affect You by Rajesh Rodney, Jack Andrew, Greg Boechler and Ali Asim (teacher Samantha Roberts), Aden Bowman Collegiate, Saskatoon

Second place: Work Safety Video – Communications Media by Lorez Cossette and Maddison Landrie (teacher Scott Wicker), Central Collegiate Institute, Moose Jaw

Third place: A Test of Focus by Nicole Steinley, Jenna Sloman and Lucas Friesen (teacher Lisa Bender), Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Swift Current

This year, WorkSafe received 42 entries from 14 schools across the province. Entries were judged on their technical merit, adherence to safety regulations, creativity and overall safety message. A panel of five people scored each entry – representatives from a safety association, the film industry and the WCB’s Prevention and Communications Departments.

“The winning video demonstrates the impact of a youth’s workplace death and how working safely affects more than just you,” said Kevin Mooney, WCB’s Director of Prevention. “It scored top marks from the judging panel for its presentation of the WorkSafe message and technical components.”

Every year in Saskatchewan, 4,000 people under the age of 25 are injured on the job and an average of three youth die from a workplace incident.

“Through the Youth Video Contest, we are educating youth about safety in the workplace by having them make a workplace safety video,” said Mooney. “This year, a number of schools participated for the first time. It’s encouraging to see so many young people invested in safe work practices through our video contest.”

WorkSafe Saskatchewan will present the winning videos at the annual NAOSH week luncheons in Regina and Saskatoon on May 6 and 7. You can view WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s winning videos on WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s YouTube channel.

Saskatchewan’s first-place winning team, Rajesh Rodney, Jack Andrew, Greg Boechler and Ali Asim from Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon, advanced to the national contest hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). CCOHS will announce the winners of the national contest via a news release on Monday, May 6 during NAOSH week (May 5 to 11).

Quick facts:

  • WorkSafe Saskatchewan first hosted the Youth Video Contest in 2010 to help students learn more about workplace safety and give them a way to show their fellow students, parents and employers what they have learned.
  • For WorkSafe Saskatchewan winning videos, the teams and the schools win a cash prize:
Team / School First Second Third
$1,000 / $1,500 $750 / $1,000 $500 / $750
  • National videos placing first, second and third in CCOHS’ Youth Video Contest win cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500 or $1,000, with a matching amount for the school.
  • Visit WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s website for past winning videos at http://www.worksafesask.ca/youth/teachers/youth-video/

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Goudy
Information Officer, Communications
Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
Phone: 306.787.6714 or email lgoudy@wcbsask.com