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WorkplaceNL announces winners of young worker safety video/radio contest

WorkplaceNL has awarded 15 youth for their creativity in developing young worker safety video and radio ads as part of its Student Safety Video/Radio Ad Contest.

The annual contest, open to Grade 7-12 junior and senior high school students, encourages students to share their thoughts on workplace health and safety as well as injury prevention.

 The winners of the 2017 video category 13 members of the media crew from Villanova Junior High, Conception Bay South: Michael Burke, Jillian Chiarot, Samuel Collins, Nicole English, Claire Gillingham, Isabella Hayes, Ashley Howe, Jacob Kavanagh, Jefta Merkuratsuk, Justin Oake, Jessica Olford, Eli Paulin and Daniel Scott. The students share a $1,000 prize. The winning video is now online.

 The winners in the radio category are Megan ‎Coles and Caitlyn Coles of Holy Spirit High School, Conception Bay South. They share a $1,000 prize.

 “I congratulate all the students who used their creative talents to produce videos and radio ads that help others become more aware of the importance of workplace safety,” Dennis Hogan, CEO of WorkplaceNL, said in a news release.

 “It is encouraging to see tomorrow’s leaders engaging in conversation about workplace safety at this stage in their lives. As they participate in part-time jobs or prepare to enter the workforce, using safe work practices will benefit them, and their co-workers, for years to come.”

 Young workers, aged 15-24 years, continue to lead the province in reducing workplace injuries, WorkplaceNL said. For 2016, youth reported 1.3 lost-time incidents per 100 workers, down from 1.4 in 2015.

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