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Safety Olympics return to PSU

Safety Olympics

PITTSBURG, Ks. - Marc Serna is a college senior with safety on the brain.

"One thing I always do is, any type of facility I go to, I automatically look for exits, look at the occupation load and how many people are in this building," said Serna. 

And he's in good company at PSU's second Safety Olympics. Six midwestern universities with environmental and safety management programs brought student teams to Pitt State's Kansas Technology Center to duke it out in six workplace safety-related competitions. 

"We wanted to try to expose our graduates, prior to entering the workforce, some scenarios they would more than likely see whenever they hit the workplace," said organizer Pat Flynn.  

They competed in a variety of challenges including hazard recognition stations and a hands-on accident investigation. And those events were tough, offering little prep time so competitors could show what they've learned throughout their safety education.

"My favorite thing about the Olympics so far is just, the unknowingness of what you're expecting when you walk into that room because none of us really know what's behind that door, and you open that door and you walk in and they're like, 'Good luck,'' said competitor Mohamed Bassime. 

And while these students may be competing for their colleges, they share a kinship: their passion for keeping you and your fellow employees safe.

"I want them to be safe and happy. I want them to go home to their families because at the end of the day, it's not just them we're thinking about here. These people are working hard for their families right here. They're working to put a paycheck on that family's table. And if they're not there to put a paycheck on the family's table, what's that family going to do?" asked Bassime. 

 


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