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Children ‘draw’ attention to safety

Michael Christiansen, second place1 / 2
Shea Lssendorf, third place2 / 2

In an ongoing effort to increase employee awareness of the importance of safety, Douglas Machine held a safety poster contest for the children and grandchildren of employees.

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Trever Arceneau, first placeThe goal of the contest was to get at least 12 posters that would replace the off the shelf posters that the company historically had purchased.

The idea was that a poster made by a child of a fellow employee would have more impactful and be more meaningful.

The effort was led by a subgroup of the company safety committee, which included Mary Bakker, Audrey Anderson, Becca Christiansen, Chris Harren, Maria Falcon, Jesse Parker, Kenny Czech and Dorian Warner.

Approximately 49 children submitted posters. The children ranged in age from 2 to 15 years old.

The posters addressed a wide range of safety related issues, including fork trucks, chemicals, electricity, eye protection, lifting practices, etc.

All Douglas employees had an opportunity to vote for favorite posters.

A celebration party was held in the lunchroom for the children who had participated and their parents. The children played several games with safety themes and enjoyed refreshments.

All children who participated received gifts of appreciation, and awards were given to the children whose posters received the most votes.

Trever Arceneau placed first, Michael Christiansen placed second and Shea Issendorf placed third.

Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center donated water park passes for the award winners and their families.