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News Release

Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE Room 430, Salem, Oregon 97301-3878

For immediate release:
March 13, 2012
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Finalists named in student video contest
Top safety videos posted on YouTube

(Salem) – A humorous lesson from a safety cop, the return of "Safety Man," and other stories told through special effects are among the finalists of the young worker safety and health video contest. The top 11 videos are now posted on YouTube for viewing (click on 2012 video submissions):


The finalists are:
"Better to be Safe than Sorry" – Springfield High School
"A Conversation" – Summit High School
"Building Construction" – St. Helens High School
"Construction Safety" – Portland Youth Builders
"It's Better to be Safe than Sorry" – Hermiston High School
"Saving a Friend" – South Salem High School
"Street Racing" – Parkrose High School
"The Importance of Ear Protection" – Sisters High School
"The Safety Police" – Salem Academy

Two videos were named honorable mention (not eligible for prize money):
"Don't Lose Sight Over What's Important" – Lakeridge High School
"Safety Rules!" – South Salem High School

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]), Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET), Liberty Northwest, the Greater Portland Construction Partnership, and Hoffman Construction sponsor the contest.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, was designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people with the theme of "Save a Friend. Work Safe." Students were advised to create a 45-second public service announcement based on the concept of speaking up about potential workplace hazards.

Contest winners will be unveiled at an April 14, 2012, screening event at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem starting at 1:30 p.m. For contest information, go to www.orosha.org/psacontest/.

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 www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.