WorkplaceNL announces 2023 student safety video/radio contest winners

April 27, 2023

WorkplaceNL announces 2023 student safety video/radio contest winners

St. John’s, NL – WorkplaceNL has recognized four talented students for their creativity in developing student safety video and radio ads.

The winner of the 2023 video category is Riley Catling, a student at Lewisporte Collegiate, Lewisporte. Her video, Average Joe Learns about Personal Protective Equipment, addresses the importance of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace. Riley’s video will be the Newfoundland and Labrador entry in the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s (CCOHS) national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest.

The winners of the 2023 radio ad category are Edmund Pelley, Luke Turpin and Jordan Curtis, students at St. Lawrence Academy, St. Lawrence. Their winning entry, Don’t Knock it, Keep Your Phone in Your Pocket, will be aired on stations throughout the province.

“Congratulations to this year’s award recipients and to all students who participated in this contest that focuses on the importance of safety in the workplace,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for Labour. “It is great to see our youth continue to be in engaged about the importance of being safe at work and instilling proper workplace safety practices.”

“Young workers face higher risks as new entrants to the workforce, making their safety a priority,” said Alicia Sutton, Vice President, Prevention and Workplace Services, WorkplaceNL. “I congratulate Riley, Edmund, Luke and Jordan for their award-winning videos and radio ads. I also commend all contest participants for demonstrating creativity and knowledge about safe work practices, which is essential for the safety and productivity of our future workplaces.”

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.

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Related Links

Average Joe Learns about Personal Protective Equipment (video contest winner)

Don’t Knock it, Keep Your Phone in Your Pocket (radio contest winner)

Youth Safety Training Bursary

Online Young Worker OHS Course

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About WorkplaceNL
Serving approximately 230,000 workers and 17,500 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.

Media contact:
Carla Riggs, Director of Communications, WorkplaceNL
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