Salem, OR—Students at Parkrose High School in Portland won $500 for their first-place video titled “Rewind” in an annual safety video contest that promotes young worker safety and the importance of speaking up.
The video takes a page from the Mannequin Challenge, a viral Internet trend, with young workers frozen in various scenes of workplace accidents. It imagines reversing time to eliminate hazards by wearing protective gloves, using a ladder safely, and handling electrical equipment properly.
Parkrose High School also won a matching amount of prize money. The win marks the second year in a row that Parkrose has won first place. In last year's contest, the school won both first- and second-place prizes.
Justin Arandia, a senior at Parkrose who oversaw the video's direction, recording, and editing, said he and his classmates learned a lot from the process.
“It's so easy to make mistakes when trying to complete a job that involves dangerous equipment,” he said. “The public needs to be educated on how to properly use these tools to prevent any injuries.”
Winning first place is an honor, Arandia added. “I am very proud of all the students who were involved, making all of this possible,” he said. “They put so much work into creating ‘Rewind'.”
The other members of the Parkrose High School team are:
Eli Brave Hawk
Second- and third-place prizes also were awarded. They are as follows:
Second place ($400)
“Your Future's On Its Way”
Southridge High School, Beaverton
Third place ($300)
West Albany High School, Albany
The creators of the top videos were presented their awards on Saturday during a special screening at Northern Lights Theatre and Pub in Salem. Sponsored by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]), the annual video contest focuses on teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.
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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBh...
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, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, SafeBuild Alliance, and the Oregon Farm Bureau Health and Safety Committee.
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, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.
The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.
Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer