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May 10, 2021
WorkplaceNL announces 2021 young worker safety video/radio contest winners
St. John’s, NL – WorkplaceNL has recognized two talented students for their creativity in developing young worker safety video and radio ads.
The winner of the 2021 video category is Madilyn Roberts, a grade 12 student at Pasadena Academy, Pasadena. Her video, Workplace COVID Safety, addresses the importance of working safely through the COVID-19 pandemic. Madilyn’s video will also be the Newfoundland and Labrador entry in the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety’s (CCOHS) national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest.
The winner of the 2020 radio ad category is Kristen Rumsey, a grade 12 student at Holy Trinity High School, Torbay. Her winning entry, the Workplace Safety Song, will be aired on stations throughout the province.
“Education and awareness are key to reducing workplace incidents and injury,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL. “Engaging youth must be a cornerstone of our efforts. Not only are young people typically at higher risk, but they are also the future leaders in helping to ensure safe workplaces. Congratulations to Madilyn and Kristen on their efforts, and to all those who participated in the contest this year.”
“Encouraging youth to find creative ways to promote safe work practices will help develop the next generation of safety leaders,” said WorkplaceNL CEO Dennis Hogan. “Madilyn and Kristen have done a great job highlighting the importance of working safely for ourselves, our coworkers and our communities, now into the future.”
The annual Student Safety Video/Radio Ad Contest, open to youth in grades 7-12, encourages students to share their thoughts on workplace safety and injury prevention. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize, and a plaque for their school.
Young workers, aged 15-24 years are typically at higher risk for injury on the job. WorkplaceNL continues to invest in programs that engage youth to become more aware of workplace safety and injury prevention, including the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) 3203 high school course available throughout the province and the free Online Young Worker OHS Course. Young people interested in advancing their safety knowledge are also encouraged to apply for the new Youth Safety Training Bursary.
Online Young Worker OHS Course
Serving approximately 215,000 workers and 18,000 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault workers’ compensation system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.
Carla Riggs, Director of Communications
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