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South Salem High School student wins safety video contest

For immediate release
May 2, 2015
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Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer

Salem, La Pine teams also earn prizes

Salem, OR — John Patterson, a student from South Salem High School, won $500 for his first-place video titled "Lorenzo?s Blog," which promotes young worker safety and the importance of speaking up. The video, told from a first-person diary perspective, depicts Lorenzo?s struggle with finding a job and ultimately being asked to do unsafe duties. South Salem High School also won a matching amount of prize money.

John Patterson
John Patterson

"My grandpa died from asbestos and he worked in a factory when he was really young," said Patterson. "I thought that making this video would help people who should have a voice and encourage young people to speak up."

The other winners are as follows:

Second place ($400):
"This is My Scar"
Joshua Elliot, Robert Elliot
South Salem High School

Third place ($300):
"Work Safety for Teens"
Zachary Tennant
La Pine High School

The creators of the top videos were presented their awards Saturday during a special screening at the Northern Lights Theatre in Salem. The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety for young workers, with the theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Students were asked to create a video with a teen job safety and health message and were judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and the overall safety and health message. All of the winning videos, as well as the other finalists, are available for viewing on YouTube:

Joshua Elliot and Robert Elliot
Second place winners, Joshua Elliot and Robert Elliot.

contest finalists
The contest finalists.

South Salem High School finalists and Brian Eriksen
South Salem High School finalists and their teacher, Brian Eriksen.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Northern Lights Theatre Pub, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

Follow the contest conversation on social media with the tag #Oyesvideo.


About Oregon OSHA:

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

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