Oregon Safety Competition Targets Students

Following-up my blog last week about Oregon child safety and the start of the school year, it is a pleasure to take note of a more upbeat story about efforts to prevent injuries to Oregon’s kids.

The Astoria publication Coast Weekend recently published details of a video and moviemaking contest for Oregon high school students with the theme “Save a friend. Work safe.” According to the newsletter, the competition “is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people. Students must create a 45-second public service announcement” keyed to the contest theme. The top three entries will receive cash prizes of up to $500 with equal amounts being donated to their respective schools.

The contest is organized by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division. Entries will be judged on how well they address the contest theme as well as on creativity and originality and on their overall production values. Entries are due by February 1, 2012. See the link below for more contest details and the official rules. The Coast Weekly article also includes a link to last year’s winning entry – a “PSA depicting an accident involving a pizza delivery driver.”
In an era when it is common for teens to hold jobs – including jobs like pizza delivery that have them driving or otherwise out and about on their own – it is especially important to do whatever we can to remind young people of the need to walk, drive and work safely.

A Portland personal injury lawyer with extensive experience in cases involving injuries to minors can advise parents and victims on the best legal course of action to take in the wake of accidents involving working or commuting teens. The better approach, however, is for careful teens – and even more careful adults – not to place themselves, or anyone else, in a situation that may later require a lawyer’s involvement.

Coast Weekend: Oregon students urged to enter Safety Video contest