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OR-OSHA Educates Young Workers

OR-OSHA Launches Video Series for Young WorkersHumor and song raise awareness about hazards

From singing restaurant workers to a quirky teacher passionate about lifting techniques, Oregon OSHA has created four videos to educate young workers about common workplace hazards.

The videos can be found on Oregon OSHA’s website and on YouTube.

The videos cover general awareness for teens about speaking up on the job, safe lifting, ladder safety, and restaurant safety. Austin Coburn, a 19-year-old summer intern at Oregon OSHA, created the videos. Coburn was the 2013 winner of the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition’s Speak Up. Work Safe. video contest for his video “Safety: The Musical.”

Coburn, currently studying film at George Fox University, said he wanted to make young people aware of safety issues on the job and keep the messages entertaining.

Workers age 25 and younger are more likely to be injured on the job, according to a 2005 study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

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