Oregon Young Employee Safety (O[yes]) organizes a contest each year to highlight the dangers that teenage workers often experience in the workplace. Teen workers are twice as likely to be injured on the job in comparison to their older counterparts and suffer 500 injuries on average annually. Through this initiative, the ASSP Columbia-Willamette and Cascade chapters joined O[yes] to call attention to this issue. This year, the video contest judged on originality, youth appeal, overall production quality and effective use of the message “Speak up. Work safe." The contest produced many submissions from aspiring teen filmmakers.
Eden McCall’s winning film, The Silent Condition, demonstrated the danger in staying silent when hazardous situations arise in the workplace. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Columbia-Willamette and Cascade chapters, along with the support and work of many individual ASSP members, students are learning about workplace issues and spreading the message of safety. Is your chapter working with local communities? Inspire others with your chapter’s story by sharing it in Society Update.