Eleven finalists have been named—and their videos featured on YouTube—in an annual contest inviting high school students to create videos to raise awareness about workplace safety with the message “Speak up, work safe.”
Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition
The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition, known as O[yes], sponsors the annual contest to engage teenage workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.
The top 11 entries are now posted on YouTube (click on 2015 video submissions).
The finalists are:
- “Gone Mobile” – South Salem High School
- “Horrible Bosses” – St. Helens High School
- “Lorenzo’s Blog” – South Salem High School
- “Shop Safety of Horror” – Benson Polytechnic High School
- “The Cutting Edge” – Sunset High School
- “Think Safely – It Couldn’t Hurt” – Benson Polytechnic High School
- “This is My Scar” – South Salem High School
- “This is You” – Benson Polytechnic High School
- “Training Day” – St. Helens High School
- “Work Safety for Teens” – La Pine High School
- “Workplace Safety” – South Wasco County High School
The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school.
O[yes] hosts the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance.
The contest, open to all Oregon high school students, features the tagline “Work shouldn’t cost you your future.” Students were tasked with creating a 90-second video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. The videos were judged on creativity, originality, youth appeal, production quality, and message.
Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event at Northern Lights Theater in Salem on May 2.
More information: http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest. Follow the contest conversation on social media: #Oyesvideo.