Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Morell Students Win PEI Safety Contest

May 02, 2017

The Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I. is pleased to announce the provincial winners of this year’s High School Video Contest, which challenges students to create a video about the importance of safety on the job.

 

 A student duo from Morell Regional High School created a short film that highlights the personal safety risks of working long hours on the farm. Grade 11 students Ben MacMillan and Jacob MacDonald deliver a powerful message in their video, entitled “Know Your Limits,” which follows a fatigued young farm worker throughout his daily tasks.

 

“The contest continues to be a great way to get students involved in discussions around safety in the workplace,” said Stuart Affleck, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. “We know that one of the highest rates for workplace accidents happen among young workers (15-24 years of age) and we need to change that.”

 

As the winners of the contest, the students will share a $1,000 cash prize and receive $1,000 for their school. Their video will also be submitted to the national Youth Video Contest, sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), where there are more cash prizes to be won.

 

“We are very proud of Ben and Jacob’s accomplishments for placing first in the 2017 High School Video Contest,” said the students’ teacher, Mr. Sandy Gallant. “We wish them well at the national competition and we encourage everyone to vote for their video.”

 

Islanders can cast their vote to make the Morell students’ video the “Fan Favourite” in the National contest at http://www.ccohs.ca/youngworkers/video_contest.html . Voting will be open between April 29th and May 5th. The winner will be announced online the week of May 8th, and will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize.

 

This video contest is part of a national initiative to promote safety and rights for young workers. The Prince Edward Island contest is sponsored by CCOHS in partnership with the Workers Compensation Board. The video is also available here.



Media Contact:
Laura Steeves, Senior Communications Coordinator
902-894-0362 or lsteeves@wcb.pe.ca