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April 2013

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Finalists named in student safety video contest

Safety is brought to life through song, humor, and creative storytelling (along with some close calls on the job) in the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) video contest. The eight finalist videos are now posted on YouTube for viewing (click on 2013 video submissions):

The finalists are:

"Be Alert on the Job" – Hermiston High School
"Hey Friend!" – Wilson High School, Portland
"Safety Man III – A Fistful of Sunscreen" – Sisters High School
"Safety: The Musical" – Salem Academy, Salem
"Speak Up. Work Safe." – Parkrose High School, Portland
"Super Safety Man Never Gives Safety a Day Off" – South Salem High School
"You Don't Know What You're Doing, and that Could Kill You!" – Springfield High School
"You Good?" – St. Helens High School

"The safety messages in the videos are designed for a teen audience created by teens," said Chuck Easterly, O[yes] board member and SAIF Corporation loss control manager. "The contest allows us to hear directly from young people about their perception of the workplace and how safety fits into their world. When we know more about what they're thinking, it makes it easier to deliver information that's effective."

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 Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET), the SHARP Alliance, Liberty Northwest, the Central Oregon Safety and Health Association, the Greater Portland Construction Partnership, Oregon Health Authority, and Hoffman Construction.

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 of "Speak Up. Work Safe." Students were advised to create a 90-second video based on the concept of speaking up about potential workplace hazards. The videos were judged on creativity, originality, youth appeal, production quality, and message.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a Saturday, April 27, 2013, screening event at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem starting at 1:30 p.m.

For contest information, go to

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