Dueck lends hand for safety

It’s been a year since Paralympic silver medallist Josh Dueck and WorkSafeBC smashed the world record for the number of high fives by an individual in 24 hours.

It’s been a year since Paralympic silver medallist Josh Dueck and WorkSafeBC smashed the world record for the number of high fives by an individual in 24 hours.

Dueck, Paralympic gold medalist of Vernon,  high-fived a whopping 9,307 people at the PNE in 2010, slamming the previous record of 3,131.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary and to continue to draw attention to young worker safety, PNE fair-goers are invited to the Raise Your Hand tent to be in a free High Five a Champ photo.

Participants will be snapped in front of a green screen high fiving a virtual Dueck and given the photo to take home.

Josh will be at the tent from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to support WorkSafeBC’s Raise Your Hand campaign – a young worker initiative that empowers youth to stay safe at work.

After 4 p.m. on Saturday, Josh will be hosting the High Five Cam during halftime at the Whitecaps game at Empire Field. Some lucky participants will win Xbox Kinects.

Over 350,000 B.C. workers are between 15 and 24 years old and are at high risk of workplace injury because of their inexperience and reluctance to speak up about safety concerns.