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DOL announces safety app competition winners

On January 10, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the winners of its Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. $30,000 in prizes were awarded to four winners that judges felt developed the best digital tools to teach young workers the importance of knowing and preventing safety risks, and their rights in the workplace.

The contest’s grand prize winner of the $15,000 Safety in the Workplace Innovator Award was the University of Tennessee Construction Industry Research and Policy Center and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, for their website Working Safely Is No Accident. This website provides easy-to-access information on common workplace safety risks, workers’ rights, and proper safety supplies.

The United Steelworkers union was given the $6,000 Safety and Health Data Award for its USW Chemical Safety Application and the Workers’ Rights Award of $6,000 was given to the Montana State Fund for their youth-focused website, No Jack – Young Workers’ Safety Campaign.

A $3,000 People’s Choice Award was given to Sidharth Garg for his complete ergonomics mobile workplace health solution, Ergonomics iOS Application. The People’s Choice Award went to the entry with the most public votes that had been received on the challenge website.

"With so many outstanding submissions, it was difficult to choose the winners," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "The winning entries place new technologies in the hands of young workers and their employers, making safety and health resources even more accessible."

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