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August 31, 2009

1950s-style student-made video wins first place from L&I

TUMWATER – A 60-second video with a 1950s look and feel took first place in a new student safety and health video contest sponsored by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

The video contest is part of L&I's Injured Young Worker Speakers Program, a teen-safety campaign that reached 2,100 students across Washington State this spring with important messages about workplace safety for young workers.

Forrest Pitz, a student at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater, was the first-place winner of a $500 gift card with his "The Wonderful World of Safety" video. The muted black and white clip uses the innocence and earnestness of a bygone era to make a case for the importance of workplace safety for young workers.

A second-place $300 gift card was awarded to Tristan McAvoy, also from the New Market Skills Center, for his "Droplet Spread," a timely health-awareness message about the ease of spreading germs and what you can do to minimize risks.

The pilot video contest was one element of the teen-safety program, now in its second year. The program is designed to raise workplace-safety awareness among young people by using a "peer-to-peer" approach in which teens seriously injured on the job talk to other teens about their life-changing experiences. Thirty-five presentations were conducted at 20 schools across Washington this spring.

Survey results from more than 1,100 student evaluations indicated that 70 percent of the students said their awareness of workplace safety significantly increased after listening to the presentations.

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For media information: Xenofon Moniodis, L&I, 360-902-6458.

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