Bonn Wright heads outside to work in a South Salem High School video "70 and Counting"

Donning safety glasses and lab coats, two South Salem video production teams earned finalist spots in a state workplace safety competition.

Their videos are among five finalists in a video contest by the Oregon Youth Employee Safety Coalition encouraging teen workers to "Speak up. Work safe."

Teens are more likely to be injured on the job, the coalition said in a news release.

"Afraid of being terminated or punished, teens continue to work in unsafe conditions," South Salem student Bonn Wright says.

Three contest winners will take home between $300 and $500, with a matching amount for their school. Contest winners will be announced during a video-viewing and awards event to be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem.

Here are the nominated videos.

70 and Counting - South Salem High School

Touch and Go - South Salem High School

Here are the other finalists.

The Safety Bros - Parkrose High School, Portland

Safety Joe: Pizza Time - Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis

Anytime, Anyplace - Summit High School, Bend

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