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Want to be a millionaire? You have a greater chance of becoming one than being struck by lightning. You also have a greater chance of dying from an alligator bite than spotting a UFO today.

These fun and sometimes bizarre good-luck and bad-luck scenarios are part of a probability game created by two UT units to teach youngsters about workplace safety. An app based on the game is one of twenty finalists in a national competition vying to win the People’s Choice Award and its $3,000 prize.

Community members are invited to vote and help the UT Construction Industry Research and Policy Center and the UT Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering win the challenge, which is sponsored by the US Department of Labor.

Voting begins today and ends January 4, 2013. To learn more about UT’s entry or to vote, visit

The competition, “The Worker Safety and Health App Challenge,” aims to demonstrate the importance of knowing about workplace safety and health and to help young people understand their rights in the workplace.

The UT contest entry, “Working Safely is No Accident,” was designed as a tool that will educate young workers ages 13 to 24. The UT team created a website featuring an interactive game in which users evaluate the probabilities of interesting events. Through the game, users come to understand that probabilities are influenced by many factors. They also learn that the chances of a workplace accident can be reduced by knowing workplace safety regulations and following common safety practices.

To play the probability game, visit

To learn more about the contest, visit


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