Three students from the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) finished third in a recent province-wide video contest offered by WorkSafe Saskatchewan.
Amber Magnien, Cole Davenport and Lexie Brokenshire submitted the video, Remember to Ask. Their instructor was ECS photography and communications media teacher Brian Wright.
The Estevan students' video was set on a farm. A young female worker is seriously injured in an accident while cleaning windows on a farm tractor. The video ends with several stats on workplace injury rates in Saskatchewan, and a message that “Even the simplest question can save your life.”
“Often times kids are getting injured due to things that they don't know about,” said Wright. “They don't understand the job or they don't understand what else is happening.”
Estevan has been entered in the contest for several years, and Wright said this is the first time that they have finished in the top three.
Magnien, Davenport and Brokenshire will split a $300 cash prize, and the school will receive $500 for equipment so that students can enter the contest again in future years.
The provincial contest is a WorkSafe Saskatchewan initiative to raise awareness and knowledge among youth about workplace health and safety issues.
High school students from across Saskatchewan were invited to submit an original, two-minute video on workplace safety, with the theme of It’s your job: Just Ask!
A WorkSafe Saskatchewan committee adjudicated the entries based on the students’ creativity and originality in story development, production value, video effects and overall workplace health and safety message.
The top team in the province came from Humboldt, while the second place team was from Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan's top three finishers advanced to a national people's choice award competition. The public could go to the federal government's labour website, and vote for their favourite video.
Voting closed on May 12. Results of the vote were not available at press time.