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New Safety Training Courses Available for High School Students

By Sara Rooseboom

Did you know in Alberta more than 11,000 young workers (15-24) were injured on the job between 2011 and 2013? During that same time period, 21 young people lost their lives on a work site? These are alarming statistics and they’re not acceptable. The Safety in Schools Foundation of Canada (Safety in Schools) is using education to do something about it.

Safety in Schools is dedicated to reducing and eliminating the high number of workplace injuries and fatalities suffered by young workers. They are offering free workplace safety training courses through Alberta high schools. These courses are delivered online and can be accessed anytime and anywhere with an internet connection.

Courses Offered:

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Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way

The newest course to be made available to Safety in Schools students is titled Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way. It focuses on the experiences of two workers who have been severely injured, a woman who investigates young worker fatalities and injuries on behalf of Alberta OH&S, and a man whose family has been forever changed by the loss of his son to a workplace fatality. Life Lessons shows filmed interviews which will be followed with opportunities for students to share their reactions and their own experiences at work.

Life Lessons – Learning the Hard Way will be available to students for the 2015-2016 school year.

That’s Gotta Hurt! – Lessons from the Workplace

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Safety in Schools staff will be hosting a series of contests to gather content for a new course titled That’s Gotta Hurt! – Lessons from the Workplace.  Students will be given incentives to tweet their experiences at work and they will also be asked to participate in both a video contest and an essay contest. These contests will ask students to share an incident they either witnessed or experienced at work, how it was handled and what they learned through that experience. Prizes will be awarded to the top videos and essays.

Course content will be created from the collection of stories and videos sent in.

If you are interested in participating in these contests, or if you are a teacher interested in learning more, please keep your eyes on the Safety in Schools Blog, or contact me, Sara Rooseboom, for more information. My contact information is available below.

Heavy Machinery – It Always Wins

The Safety in Schools team is also creating another custom course that will focus on the risks involved in working with or around heavy machinery. It will take a similar approach as Life Lessons, focusing on real-life incidents that have taken place in Alberta, and will be developed throughout 2015-2016.

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Sara Rooseboom
Program Coordinator
Safety in Schools Foundation of Canada
235 – 17th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2G 1H5

Do you know of any other safety related courses available? Leave a comment or tweet us @HeadsUpAB!

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