Those of us attending the 5th Annual 2013 O[yes] safety video contest screening and awards event yesterday were in for a rare treat! Oregon high school students attended with friends, parents and teachers, joined by safety and health professionals and contest sponsors, to watch all 8 finalist videos on the large screen and capture the unveiling of winning videos. CROET is pleased to be part of this successful collaboration!
High school students were challenged to create videos that would inspire teens to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. This quest seems particularly relevant on the eve of Workers Memorial Day. This year the videos were of the highest quality yet received, touching on themes ranging from supervisors asking teens to do things they aren’t trained to do, to reminders to co-workers on how to be safer. This year first place was awarded to Austin Coburn and Vinny Gasbarro from Salem Academy, who created original music and lyrics to address workplace safety in Safety: the Musical.
Students received cash prizes with matching prizes for their schools. All 8 finalist teams received gift cards. The finalist videos will be used by O[yes] in education and training programs. We encourage you to show them to your co-workers during your safety meetings!
Contest sponsors deserve thanks and kudos, including: Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, CROET at Oregon Health and Science University, all 5 Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the Labor Education and Research Center at University of Oregon, the SHARP Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, and SafeBuild Alliance. Thanks to Salem’s Northern Lights Theater for providing our venue.