Safety gets the red carpet treatment

Ontario's WCB hands out awards to students for best safety videos — view the winning films here

It may not be the Oscars or the Genies, but students in Ontario took home film honours in an annual contest put on by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). (Scroll down to view the videos.)

The 9th annual Student Video Contest invites students from across the province to put together videos with a young worker safety theme. Prizes up for grabs include cash for the students and their schools. This year, a record number of students participated with 113 videos submitted, according to the WSIB.

“These students created a memorable video that will be used to get the message out that all young workers need to think and act safely,” said Steve Mahoney, WSIB chair, as he handed out the awards at Iona Catholic School in Mississauga, Ont.

Youth between the ages of 15 to 24 are the most vulnerable age group in the workforce, and are four times more likely to be injured on the job, according to the WSIB and, every year, almost 10 young Ontario workers lose their lives.

And the winners are…

First place: “Hors du nid, Pointe de Securite,” by Eric Labranche, Ecole Secondaire Catholique L’Escale, Rockland, Ont.

Prize: $4,000 ($2,000 for the student, $2,000 for the school)

Second place: “Unguarded Machinery,” by Andrew De Zen, Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga, Ont.

Prize: $3,000 ($1,500 for the student, $1,500 for the school)

Third place: “Brothers,” by Mitchell Janiak, Daniell Hughes and Jesse Whitty, Iona Catholic School, Mississauga, Ont.

Prize: $2,400 ($1,200 for the students, $1,200 for the school)

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