WSIB Rewards Students Who #PracticeSafeWork This Summer

TORONTO, May 30, 2016 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive year, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is challenging young workers in Ontario to show us how they practice safety in the workplace for a chance to win daily cash prizes through the #PracticeSafeWork Photo Contest.

Young workers in Ontario between the ages of 15-24 are being called on to submit photos via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook demonstrating their safe work practices using the hashtag #PracticeSafeWork. The social media contest will run all summer until August 31.

New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month of work than at any other time. And in 2014 in Ontario, eight young workers, between the ages of 15-24, lost their lives due to a workplace traumatic fatality.

"Young worker health and safety is everyone's business and educating young workers about health and safety in the workplace is critical to reducing and eliminating injuries and fatalities," said Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, WSIB. "Building on the success of last year's #PracticeSafeWork Twitter contest, we're expanding our campaign to include Instagram and Facebook, platforms popular amongst youth where they're most likely to participate and join the conversation about safety in the workplace."

This social media campaign launches on the heels of the It's Your Job student video contest in Ontario, co-sponsored by the WSIB and the Ministry of Labour to promote workplace health and safety for young workers.

The #PracticeSafeWork Photo Contest is open to legal residents of Canada, who live in the province of Ontario - and is being run in both official languages. Participants are encouraged to garner support from their employer and peers on the job before posting any photos – and to be particularly safe and vigilant about taking and sharing photographs while working.

For more details about the #PracticeSafeWork Photo Contest, visit www.practicesafework.ca

SOURCE Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

For further information: Christine Arnott, WSIB Public Affairs, 416-344-4202, Christine_arnott@wsib.on.ca

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