Contest for students focuses on safety

Mickey Djuric
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The first year WorkSafe Saskatchewan launched its youth video contest, Vanier Collegiate took home first and second place.

Every year they challenge students in Grades 9 through 12 to submit a two minute video about workplace safety. 

Now in it's fourth year, the theme is "If it feels wrong, just ask," and Vanier students amongst others in Moose Jaw have the chance to take that top prize. 

The rules are simple. The video must be no longer than two minutes and it had to depict this year's work-related theme. The students who win first place will win $1,000 and $1,500 for their school.

Saskatchewan's top three videos will also give students the chance to advance to the national Youth Video Contest sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. 

Every year more than 6,000 young people aged 15 to 24 years old are injured at work in Saskatchewan.

"One of the things we noticed with youth in the workplace is they are hesitant to ask questions and we want to encourage youth to ask questions and we want to make sure supervisors are ready to answer questions for youth," said Heather Getz, manager of social marketing for Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board. 

"They're hesitant because they're afraid of losing their job, they don't want to look stupid and they want to make a good impression. We want them to step up and ask questions."

Young people are at risk the most in the workplace because they're inexperienced, afraid to ask questions and they might lack supervision or proper training. 

Most common work place injuries for youth include a cut or blow from a tool, bodily reactions like falling or twisting their back and exposure to harmful substances like chemicals from cleaning. 

In addition, about 19 per cent of all workplace injuries happen to youth under 25. 

Students who would like to participate in the contest can go to for more information and to see how you can submit your video. 

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