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WorkSafe Saskatchewan is telling youth: ‘If it feels wrong, it probably is wrong’

Regina, SK – WorkSafe Saskatchewan has launched a contest to promote work safety messages through an online youth campaign, Facebook community and new videos.


Regina, SK – WorkSafe Saskatchewan has launched a contest to promote work safety messages through an online youth campaign, Facebook community and new videos.

The new campaign is called Work2live. WorkSafe Saskatchewan is inviting Saskatchewan youth to watch Work2Live videos to learn about working safely, receive a free music download and enter to win weekly prizes.

“The campaign and contest encourage young workers to ask questions. Asking questions saves lives,” says Phil Germain, executive director, prevention, WCB. “We surveyed youth across Saskatchewan and asked them what advice they would give their friends about safety at work. They told us, ‘If it feels wrong, it probably is wrong’ and ‘There’s no such thing as a stupid question.’ These are the messages we have put into our videos.”

Younger workers experience higher rates of injury than other workers do. One in four workplace injuries reported to the Workers’ Compensation Board involve a worker under 25 years of age. More than 7,000 young workers are injured in Saskatchewan each year. The most common injuries are to hands, backs, legs and eyes.

On average, three young people die on the job in Saskatchewan each year. In 2010 there were no workplace youth fatalities in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan legislation requires that youth 14 and 15 years of age complete the Young Workers Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) before starting work. For information or to complete the YWRCC, visit www.lrws.gov.sk.ca/ywrcc.

Watching the contest videos will earn contest entrants a weekly free music download and an entry into a weekly draw for a $300 Walmart gift card. Youth can earn more entries by sharing with friends on Facebook. The contest runs until April 4, 2012.

For contest details visit http://www.facebook.com/WorkSafeSK%20or www.worksafesask.ca/youth/facebook_contest.