Stories told through rap, humor, and other creative moviemaking are among the top videos in the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) video contest. The top seven finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing (click on 2014 video submissions):
The finalists are:
- “Flashbacks” – St. Helens High School
- “The Work Safe Rap”– South Salem High School
- “Wisdom” – South Salem High School
- “The Inspector” – Salem Academy
- “Safe or Not Safe.” – Oregon School for the Deaf, Salem
- “Safety Is the Last Thing On My Mind” – Southridge High School, Beaverton
- “Work Safe” – North Bend 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 this annual 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 Oregon Health & Science University, the SHARP Alliance, Liberty Mutual, the Central Oregon Safety and Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, Hoffman Construction, and the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce.
The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people with the theme Speak up. Work safe. and 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 Saturday, April 26, 2014, screening event at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem starting at noon.